Bellevue senior offensive lineman Henry Roberts announced his commitment to Washington on Wednesday evening via Twitter.
— Henry Roberts (@TheHen747) September 4, 2014
The 6-foot-6, 270-pounder is the highest-ranked offensive lineman in the state and listed at No. 25 nationally at the position by Scout.com. A four-star recruit, Roberts also held offers from a handful of Pac-12 schools, including Stanford, USC and UCLA, as well as Michigan and Wisconsin.
“It feels so awesome,” Roberts said. “I always knew I was going to be a Husky. With Coach (Chris Petersen) coming to UW, I knew it was the place for me. Just his personality … all the coaches, they’re so hands on, helping kids learn. They care a lot for their kids.”
Roberts has thrived in the Wolverines’ unique wing-T offense and has blocked for top prospects Budda Baker, Myles Jack and Timmy Haehl, among others, while at Bellevue. He will join five teammates from last year’s Bellevue squad at Washington.
“Thank you to the Bellevue High School coaching staff, coach Butch (Goncharoff) and coach (Pat) Jones, because without them I don’t believe this would have happened,” Roberts said.
Roberts begins his season in California on Saturday against nationally-ranked Serra (Calif.), as Bellevue embarks on its quest for a seventh straight state title by taking its 54-game winning streak to the prestigious Honor Bowl.
Here is some more of what Roberts had to say:
On commitment: “It feels so awesome. I always knew i was going to be a Husky. With Coach Pete coming to UW, I knew it was the place for me.”
On what he likes about Petersen: “Just his personality … all the coaches, they’re so hands on, helping kids learn. They care a lot for their kids.”
On what about the program he likes: “It’s close to home. All the UW fans. Those guys are another big reason why because we just have the best fans, I think.”
On if former Bellevue teammates helped: “With Budda [Baker] and Shane [Bowman], Mike Kneip], Jake [Eldrenkamp], Sean [Constantine], Max [Richmond] and Morgan [Richey], all those guys going there had an impact, too.”
On why commit now: “I just wanted to get it over with right before my first game. Put everything on this game and not have worry about college stuff anymore.”
On where he was: “It was super cool. I was just at home sitting with my dad, my mom, my sister and my dog and I’m sitting there calling Coach Pete up. It was cool, family oriented because I think that they help with everything.”
On telling Petersen (called him at 7 pm tonight): “He was so excited, he just started barking.”