Easy On The Eyes

This past weekend, Cameron Roberson got his first look at Notre Dame with his own eyes. The Irish coaching staff also got to see the 6-foot-1, 215-pound running back in person, for the first time.

Both parties came away impressed.

"I love that place," Cameron Roberson said. "The campus is great. There is a lot of history there too.

"I saw Touchdown Jesus, I went to one of the bookstores, and the library was great too. (The Gug) building was great too. Those buildings kind of stuck out."

What stuck out about Roberson, was his size. Running backs coach Tony Alford liked what he saw.

"He was surprised at how big I was," the Newbury Park, Calif., product stated. "That's what they all said."

Roberson made the trip to South Bend with his mother Tanya Turner. Her father was one of Notre Dame's first African-American graduates, getting his degree in 1959. He is now a retired doctor, that over the years, has shared his love for his alma mater with his family.

"Oh it was beautiful campus," Turner said. "We got a chance to meet coach (Charlie) Weis, and we were just really excited about the opportunity to go down there. The game was great and we had a lot of fun."

As a junior, Roberson rushed for 1,452 yards and 18 touchdowns, helping lead Newbury Park to a 7-4 record and a spot in the playoffs. He also added 279 yards receiving and three more scores. Roberson has been offered a scholarship by Arizona, BYU, Wyoming and Northwestern. Weis told him where he stands on Notre Dame's radar.

"Coach Weis said he hasn't been able to see my film because of health issues, but he said he's going to call me back in about two weeks," Roberson explained. He is also hearing from UCLA and Oregon.

"He was just talking about mainly the kind of guys he recruits, well-rounded guys that he could take over to his house and not say anything bad in front of his family. Guys that have great academics and are great all-around people."

Alford told Roberson about the type of offense Notre Dame runs. He also talked with assistant coaches Brian Polian and Rob Ianello. Polian told Roberson he'd be by in the spring or summer to see him, while giving him a synopsis of what the Irish program is about.

"He was just telling me about the school, the academics there, what's going on in the football world, and just giving me an introduction to the school."

The spring game highlighted the trip for Roberson, who can't wait to tell his grandfather about his Notre Dame experience.

"There was a lot of people there," Roberson said. "That was the first time I've ever seen the stadium. We got to walk on the field and watch the players warm-up. We didn't really get to talk with the players because they were pretty busy, but I chatted with the other recruits that were there."


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