Roberts Makes His Decision

Long Beach (Calif.) Wilson receiver Jemari Roberts made his college decision just days after saying he wanted to narrow it down to five, and the four-star receiver will be playing in the Pac-10...

Long Beach (Calif.) Wilson receiver Jemari Roberts (6-2, 205) had just trimmed his list down to five schools and told us a few days ago that Stanford was the favorite. He meant it.

On Wednesday morning, Roberts went from making the Cardinal the favorites to the recipient of his commitment.

"I called Coach (Jim) Harbaugh and e-mailed Coach (Clayton) White to let them know," said Roberts. "I had a lot of talks about it with my family, and every time someone asked me where I was going to school, Stanford was always on my mind."

Stanford was one of the first schools to offer Roberts, doing so earlier this year, and the stellar student-athlete had aspirations of playing in Palo Alto.

"I've done my research and know what is out there, and I'm solid on my commitment to Stanford," said Roberts. "When I first talked to Coach Harbaugh at Junior Day, he was really enthusiastic and grateful and thankful to my family for coming up. I saw that he was a great guy and a great coach."

Roberts becomes the 12th commit to Stanford in the class of 2009, and the first at wide receiver. He is also the seventh four-star prospect to commit to the Cardinal. In March, he teamed with fellow Cardinal commits Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo on "CaliTwo" to win the Badger/New Level 7-on-7 Passing Tournament.

"I've been talking with them, with Levine on online and Zach by text and we've been talking about going to Stanford and playing together. It was cool doing something together and winning that tournament. We've all kind of trained together."

And Roberts is hoping to sway other Cardinal recruits to the Farm.

"Whatever I can do to help them with their decision and to help the program, I will do," said Roberts.

With his decision out of the way, Roberts is relieved to be done, now able to focus on his senior season.

"A lot of pressure is taken off when you commit before your season year. I'm relieved, I have a lot coming up this school year and I really want to help my team as much as I can," said Roberts.

While Wilson has had its share of athletes in various sports, football hasn't always been the fertile grounds that rival Poly has been, so Roberts' knows that his decision to play Pac-10 football, and come out of Wilson to do so, is meaningful.

"I didn't start playing until later but I got to show my skills (at Wilson) and it's all worked out pretty well," said Roberts. "Everyone talks about the Pac-10 and compares it to the SEC, but to play in the Pac-10 is to play with the elite athletes in the country."

And Roberts has seen the progress made by Stanford during Harbaugh's short regime.

"Considering what their record was two years ago, now they're getting more recruits, and stronger recruits and they won two big rivalry games a year ago," said Roberts.

Roberts had over 1,000 all-purpose yards, with many coming as a kick returner, and scored seven touchdowns. This fall, Wilson opens up with Inglewood and Roberts will match up against fellow four-star receiver Shaquelle Evans.

Academically, he has a 4.1 GPA and scored a 1600 on his first attempt at the SAT. He is enrolled in two AP classes and two honors classes.


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