The No. 1 guy on the Huskers’ linebacker board, landing Roberts was a year process. A Scout.com Top 150 prospect, Roberts made national headlines in May with a tweet stating he would put LSU running back Leonard Fourtnette to sleep if he came around the edge. His younger brother is also a solid prospect in the 2018 class and has a Nebraska offer.
"I feel like it's the best place for me to achieve everything I want to do," said Roberts, who plays at Wilmington (Del.) Concord. "It's a family environment and great coaches that cares about me. They've always been there. From the day they offered me at the end of my sophomore year, they've always been there, constantly talking to me. We've probably never gone a week without some kind of communication with them."
The senior held more than 20+ offers.
"Roberts is an impressive player because of his downhill ability," said Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn. "He should be a three-down player in college because he has the athleticism to drop into coverage and be effective against a spread offense. He ran a legit 4.6 in the 40-yard dash, and his change of direction is good, and will improve in college. He should be a big-time player for the Cornhuskers.
"Although he is playing against weak competition in Delaware, do not be put off by it. He is twitched-up and it shows with his burst, and his ability to close ground near the ball carrier."
Roberts also strongly considered Stanford and Penn State. He is currently on campus as an early enrollee.
Fresh off a state championship, Plantation (Florida) American Heritage linebacker Willie Hampton was a solid find for Nebraska – although we have been surprised more teams haven’t jumped into the mix. The Florida prep had one of the top SPARQ scores in the country, logging a 4.53 verified forty. He committed to Nebraska sight unseen, but all indications were his official visit went great in early September. Don't look for him to end up anywhere else.
"I just felt like it was the right place for me," Hampton told the Lincoln Journal Star. "I researched and looked it up. Coach Bray was telling me a lot about the school. I think it's very strong educationally. I just felt right about it. The right school for me."
Ward ended the Huskers long commitment drought on Christmas day 2016, picking the Huskers over Indiana, Iowa State and offer from Virginia Tech. We have heard academics are still being worked on, but nothing that would shy the coaching staff away from signing the senior.
"Nebraska does not come into Michigan and come out with commitments with great frequency, and Ward is a fine player, so this may be the start of the Huskers being more active in the state," said Scout.com national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu. "He is a kid who likely needs a redshirt year to add some weight, but is a safe take because of his intangibles and production."
Ward visited Nebraska during the Huskers win over Oregon.
"Man, all 90,000... it's going to be crazy I'm sure," he said. "Just being on the field during a game was a sight to see, so I can't imagine what actually playing is like."
2018 LOOK AHEAD:
Here are prospects who have received a Nebraska offer in next year’s class.
The No. 1 outside linebacker in the 2018 class, he often mentions Nebraska quickly when talking about his 15+ offers. That being said, he’s looking for a school with solid coaches, a great fan base, and other Poly kids. It is the reason I believe BYU has a great shot to land him. Gaoteote grew up in Hawaii, but plays at Bishop Gorman high school now.