Bloomington – There's no shortage of options with Indiana football's latest commit.
Lawrence Central's Tre Roberson became the fourth player to verbally commit to IU Coach Bill Lynch's program, doing so Saturday afternoon after 30 members of his high school team made to trip to town to watch Indiana's football scrimmage. A 6'1", 170-pound quarterback at the prep level, Roberson is a dual-threat talent who threw for 1,000 yards as a junior while rushing for another 980.
Indiana, Purdue and Toledo had all offered Roberson as a quarterback, but that's far from the only spot he could play at the collegiate level.
"He's so agile and athletic, in addition to quarterback he could play wide receiver, he could be a Wildcat quarterback, maybe a cornerback and return man," said Lawrence Central Coach Jason West. "Those kind of guys never hurt a program."
That they don't, which is why Indiana's coaching staff was excited to add Roberson to a commitment list that already includes linebacker Mike Replogle, offensive lineman Kirk Harris and defensive end Jake Reed.
While positions outside of quarterback might ultimately prove to be a possibility, West said the Indiana staff recruited him with thoughts of what he could do under center.
"He's a very dynamic player who can create a lot of things at quarterback," West said. "He's got a pretty live and accurate arm, and he combines that the kind of physical ability that not a lot of players have."
Those traits are why Indiana made Roberson one of the first players it offered for the 2011 class, extending that offer last Christmas. Purdue offered shortly afterwards, and West believes his standout quarterback could have added plenty of more scholarship offers if he'd opted to draw out the recruiting process.
But Roberson opted to not go that route, instead deciding to commit to the Hoosiers after taking a tour of the campus and facility and sitting down with the academics advising staff on Saturday.
"I'm kind of glad he made the decision early, and I'm glad he's going to stick around inside the state and make an impact," West said. "He was impressed by the things going on at IU, and Coach Lynch and his crew are doing a wonderful job there."
While West took many of his Lawrence Central players to Bloomington for Saturday's scrimmage, he said he wasn't encouraging Roberson to go with one of the state schools over the other. He said he'd actually taken many of his players to Purdue a year ago on a similar trip, and Roberson has been to the West Lafayette campus to get a closer look at Coach Danny Hope's program.
"We really didn't talk much (about which way he was leaning," West said. "I didn't want to encourage him either way. Do what's best for you. Look and see how things fit on the education side and where you think you can be most successful. He handled the process well and felt in his gut that Indiana was the right place for him."
Roberson Becomes Fourth Member of '11 Class
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