Vernard Roberts Talks About Decision

Scout.com contacted 2011 prospect Vernard Roberts from Dunbar High School in Washington D.C. The talented running back announced for WVU today. He talks about why he chose the Mountaineers and what fans can expect from him when he arrives.

Vernard Roberts did it on his own terms. Although he and his twin brother Vance do everything together, this time it had to be on their own pace. It turns out that Vernard's pace was about two hours behind his brothers as both Roberts have made a pledge to West Virginia. Vernard discusses his decision and how he expects to impact WVU.

"I love the loyalty that the coaches showed me and my brother," said Vernard. "I know it is a business but they always had our backs. Through the adversity and rumors with our recruiting they stuck with us and made us feel how much they wanted us. I loved West Virginia since my trip to campus. But I needed to wait and look at other schools and just be sure about my feelings. I am very happy. I will get a great education and play at the highest level. I know they can help me get to the NFL as well and that is my goal."

Coach (Chris) Beatty took Vernard's call, the second of such calls in just a matter of two hours.

"I talked to Coach Beatty. He had already talked to my brother earlier so he was really excited to get two in one day. He said the whole staff is very happy and excited about my commitment. They understood that I just had to go my own way on my own pace. I talked with my father and my family and it was just time to commit to where my heart was telling me to go. There was no reason to wait any longer."

West Virginia was both Roberts first choice. They share many things but their respective runners up schools were different.

"I had Michigan State second and Marshall third. My brother liked Marshall second. They were both nice."

Vernard talks about the rumors of potential future visits.

"Today, right now, I am done. I don't have any plans on other visits other than West Virginia. My brother and I are not looking or planning on any else other than attending West Virginia."

Vernard is ready to show the Mountaineer fans that they should be excited about his commitment.

"I want the fans to know that I am going there to lead this team on and off the field. I will do whatever it takes to win. I am not coming there to be average or to do okay. I am coming to win a national championship. I want to go over the top with our goals. I will not accept just winning. Winning it all is what I am about. I will be a positive influence on the program and community as well."


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