Rutgers Recruiting Roberts Twins

Running back Vernard Roberts and cornerback Vance Roberts, twins out of Dunbar High in Washington, D.C., said they want to play college football together. Both also were on the Rutgers campus, and came away with different impressions than they thought they would. The brothers talk about where things stand in their recruitment and what is going on with Rutgers offering scholarships.

Vance Roberts and Vernard Roberts, twins from Dunbar High in Washington, D.C., both had their visions of what Rutgers was like smashed when they were on the campus a few months ago.

So, as their recruitment gains steam during the spring evaluation period, it makes sense both are looking keenly on the Scarlet Knights, especially after an assistant coach was by the school recently to check on the duo.

Vernard, a running back, and Vance, a cornerback, want to play college football together. So, although Vance says "West Virginia is clearly my leader'' and Vernard says "Michigan State is my dream school," each of them do not have offers from those schools, and there is a long way to go before each makes a commitment.

"West Virginia, right now, is my No. 1 school,'' Vance said. "Lord knows in July, August, where we're going to commit to. But we're going to try and go together. College is a big step, and I want to go there with my brother. We've done everything else together, so I would never want to change that.''

The brothers are supposed to fly to New Mexico later this month to see the campus, and both have offers from Marshall.

Vernard claims a verbal offer from Rutgers, and Vance said his coach at Dunbar believes Rutgers is close to offering.

However, the duo may have to camp at Rutgers for them both to receive written offers.

"Rutgers was to my school last week,'' Vernard, the running back, said. "My coach also told me they were close to offering me, that they like my tape, and they made me a verbal offer. Me and my brother, we've been getting a lot of attention.''

Until the duo made a trip to Rutgers in February, neither thought they would even consider the Scarlet Knights.

"Rutgers was a lot different than I thought it would be,'' Vernard said. "I was expecting a boring campus, a laid back place that I don't really see myself in.

"But once I got there, I saw it wasn't like that. It was an outgoing place, it had a lot of people. The people looked like they were interacting, and in the nighttime there was a lot of life. It was the total opposite of what I expected.''

Vance, the cornerback, had a similar experience. It also helped cornerback Devin McCourty was selected 27th in the NFL draft last month.

"That's my position,'' Vance said. "They had Ray Rice, who just came from there, and they've got an up-and-coming team this year. Rutgers is a great place. I was just there (in February), and I saw the campus and at night it was lit up.

"We were driving to the facility and you saw college students playing soccer on the fields, and it looked like some were playing football. It seemed like a fun environment and I could see myself there.''

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