One of The Opening Regional's top performers out of new Jersey, Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic 2019 quarterback Taquan Roberson is no longer under the radar.
Roberson made a name for himself during an offseason that included offers from Rutgers, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.
“Recruiting is great right now,” Roberson said. “I currently have a few offers and interest from other schools like Penn State and Boston College. When I got that offer from Rutgers, it was a very humbling experienced. I've learned a lot from talking to all of (the colleges).”
Roberson called a chance at a free education “the big dream.”
“It meant a lot to get my first offer,” he said. “I've been working hard since I was little, and now colleges have finally noticed that hard work. The fact that a school like Rutgers or Virginia Tech could see me in their school is amazing.”
Roberson visited Rutgers with teammates for a spring practice. He met with both head coach Chris Ash and new offensive coordinator Jerry Kill.
“Coach Ash is flipping that program over and I'm loving it,” Roberson said. “I love the tempo of their practices. They never stop. The quarterbacks are given a chance to be dynamic.”
Roberson said his offense at DePaul is similar to what he saw at practice.
“Coach Kill is one of my favorite coaches,” Roberson said. “I think he's perfect for me. He runs a spread offense, and I'm really happy Rutgers hired him.”
Hopeful for an offer, Roberson said he will be back at Penn State during the summer after he toured campus during the Nittany Lions' spring game.
“Penn State is just amazing,” Roberson said. “I love what coach (James) Franklin is doing there. The environment of Happy Valley and the culture after games, it's great.”