Delaying his decision just a bit, Washington (D.C.) Dunbar running back Vernard Roberts committed a bit later today. The 5-foot-11, 174-pounder had one Big East school sweating briefly for his decision to come in.
"I talked to Coach Beatty, I called him a little while after Vance did," he said. "He was excited about my decision. He told me I had him scared a bit since my brother committed before me.
"He told me that he was excited and ready to get me down there early so I can make an impact."
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Roberts went in-depth on what made him pick the Mountaineers.
"West Virginia is just like a home away from home," he said. "Like my brother said, we went down on a visit and it felt like we were on the team. It felt like it was a place we could definitely see ourselves at. The thing about West Virginia is my dad and little brother liked it. It was just perfect.
"The coaches were good too. Coach Beatty and Coach Stewart are both great coaches. No matter how many negative moments they had, to me it's always a positive. They never pressured me coming to West Virginia. They told me they'd rather me commit somewhere else than lie to me to get me to come to West Virginia. They care about me as a person and gave a lot of encouragement."
Obviously a big part of the decision today was joining his brother in Morgantown.
"It means the world, I can't describe it," he said. "As a kid, we did everything together, going to school, taking the same classes and if you see me you see him. College is a bit step for both of us and we definitely plan to do it together."
Roberts is eager with his choice and looks forward to making an impact upon his arrival.
"They recruited me as a running back and they told me they think I could play early," he said. "It depends on how hard I'm going to work. I'm not going to be complacent. I'm humble and going to do the best that I can."
Both Roberts brothers plan to enroll at West Virginia in January 2011.