We first introduced Demarcus Roberson in Part IV of our Florida series. Roberson had a superb camp and during the 7-on-7s showed precisely why he is one of the better defensive backs coming out of Florida this year.
In his annual summer Top 170, Larry Blustein of FloridaKids.us ranks Roberson as the 126th best prospect in the state of Florida and the 15th best cornerback – all this in a state that had 371 Division-I athletes sign on to play this past year.
What was the single biggest reason that Demarcus Roberson, who ran a 4.34-second 40 yard dash at a Nike Camp held at the University of Miami earlier this spring, decided to make a commitment?
"The coaching staff was the biggest reason. By far it was the coaching staff. I was talking to my parents last night when I told them how much I liked it. They told me to think about it and to pray about it. And last night I had a dream about the school," stated Roberson.
And what did this dream consist of?
"I was in a dorm room here at Rutgers. It was the day of the game and my parents were here. They had just flown in from Florida to see our game. The entire situation, with me playing Division-I ball and my parents here to see me. All I ever wanted was to play college ball and to go to the league."
Coach Darren Rizzi and Coach Chris Demarest were responsible for the recruitment of Demarcus Roberson.
"I was in 10th grade when I first met him [Coach Demarest] at a camp in Northeast HS. He was recruiting my cousin Greg Golden who plays at N.C.State."
Considering that Roberson has yet to fully see the Rutgers campus, in its entirety, and has not yet had even a glimpse of Rutgers' new facilities, it is rather remarkable that he decided to commit. His level of comfort with the RU staff, in particular Coaches Rizzi and Demarest was the major reason for his commitment.
"Coach Demo, he's a great guy and a great coach. He just relates to us. He is willing to help people and willing to share his knowledge with you. You'll have no problem with him if you just listen to him and do what he tells you. The way I felt about the staff, it's the reason why I wanted to commit."
Roberson's impressive performance at the recent Rutgers camp held at Plantation, FL, most notably his showing in the 7-on-7s were enough to earn Roberson a Rutgers offer later on that week.
Although Roberson has decided to give Rutgers his commitment he also told us that he will take visits to other schools during the upcoming months. However, he added, "I'm about 99% committed."
Roberson, who is still 16 years old is all of 5'11" right now. By the time he is done growing he could be in the 6-foot to 6-foot-2" range. In a day and age when DBs are predominantly shorter than their WR counterparts Roberson would give RU a significant advantage against taller wideouts.
Piper HS, which started the season with a new coaching staff last year, endured a tough year. This year, with Roberson and Maurice Sapp in the defensive backfield, Piper HS will look to turn the tables and go out on a winning note for the graduating class.
"I've got to be a leader. Me and Maurice Sapp, we have to be leaders. I feel I have to take on that role. I want to be part of the class that turns it around. We want to go out on a winning note this year and head to the playoffs," stated Roberson.
But for the next few days, Roberson's focus is on the three day camp being held at Rutgers and his commitment to the Scarlet Knights.
"Rutgers has a really good coaching staff and a rising football program. It's just some small things that they need to work on. And I want to be a part of the class that helps turn this around. I feel like this program is gonna blow up and I want to be a part of it," stated Roberson.
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