LINEBACKER U IS more than living up to it's name this recruiting season. Oregon State and Mike Riley tonight visited Dwight Roberson, with the Ventura, Calif., standout giving the Beavs the nod. talks to Roberson on why he chose OSU and more.

Roberson (6-0, 215) gave his pledge to the Beavs over offers from Boston College and Colorado State, as well as interest from UCLA, Cal, Oregon and Washington.

"I gave Oregon State a verbal commitment tonight," said Roberson, rated in the Top 100 nationally out of St. Bonaventure High. "They're looking at me at outside linebacker."

The announcement was actually made earlier on the local news and then the Roberson family played it for his in-home visitors.

"Coach (Jon) Mack knew where I was going so he had it announced on the (local) news at 6:15pm and they weren't coming till 7o'clock so we taped it," said Roberson. "We acted like it was just the normal news. (The newscaster) said 'Coach Riley's in town and he's about to get a player from St. Bonaventure, Dwight Roberson who made his verbal commitment today.'"

"At first they thought it was just some highlights because we won state," laughed Roberson. "But then they said that Dwight Roberson made a verbal commitment to Oregon State today. They just looked over at me and I was like, 'Hi!' -- They were all excited, it was pretty cool."

ROBERSON SAID ONE of the most important criteria he was looking for a school was met on his official visit to Corvallis this weekend, when he bonded with Beavers Matt Moore, Sabby Piscitelli and others.

"On my visit last week I felt comfortable there," said Roberson. "It's family oriented there and that's how I am -- with my family and at St. Bonaventure. I just felt like I was at home there."

Roberson has cancelled his trip to Boston College, saying he's solid in his commitment to OSU.

OVER THE COURSE of his prep career, Roberson excelled wherever he was on the field, playing defensive end, middle linebacker and outside 'backer.

His senior year at OLB, Roberson again led the team in tackles, racking up 120 sticks as St. Bonaventure (14-0) took home the state title. As a junior, Roberson tallied an eye popping 174 tackles from the middle linebacker spot.

Among the tacking machine's other statistics in '05; two defensive touchdowns, four sacks, three interceptions, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt. Roberson departs with the Seraphs having won 24 straight and 95 out of their last 98 games.

Roberson is also a track and field standout, anchoring St. Bonaventure's All-CIF 4x100 relay team as a junior and competing in the state meet's 100-m and long jump.

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