"Championships," Roberts said. "That's it."
Roberts earned an offer during a visit. The decision shortly afterwards was an easy one, he said.
"I love it," he said. "It's close to home and my family can come see me play. It's like a family at Rutgers that I'm joining, and they're on the rise."
At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Roberts picked Rutgers over UCF after impressing in front of the staff.
"It's good to be near New York because my family can see me play while I get a great education," Roberts said. "I got to meet the staff and I got to see what everybody is like there. I felt like I was just at home and I loved it."
Roberts hit it off with linebackers coach Bob Fraser, formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and head coach Kyle Flood – a native New Yorker.
"Coach Fraser is a great guy," Roberts said. "He's already pushing me hard to improve. He knows a lot about the system. He said I will fit well in their system. … Coach Flood cares about his players a lot. That's obvious."
Roberts is the second New Yorker in the Rutgers class of 2015 alongside Kamaal Seymour. He will not be on campus with Erasmus Hall for the 7 on 7 tomorrow, but will be back soon.
"The Big Ten is great football," he said. "Curtis is enrolling there and we've talked about it already."