The Longhorns took a step toward replacing the potential loss of both starting defensive ends in 2012 with the commitment of 2014 edge rusher Derick Roberson (San Antonio/Brennan).
Roberson wasted little time accepting the offer when it came Thursday night.
“I came home from jogging and my dad handed me the phone and said it was coach [Duane] Akina from UT,” Roberson said. “He told me they offered and that they wanted me to come to school. I committed right away.”
Roberson is the first defensive end commitment in 2014. He could be in line to help replace senior Alex Okafor and junior Jackson Jeffcoat, who could forego his senior season for the NFL Draft.
He is the second commitment of Texas’ class of 2014. Athlete Lorenzo Joe (Abilene, Texas/Cooper) was the first to pledge in what became a banner day for a program that unexpectedly shifted the way it went about offering juniors.
Normally the Longhorns wait until after signing day in February to have prospects come to a junior day before it offers. But that changed today with HornsNation confirming that at least 19 recruits from 2014 have been offered.
That included an overjoyed Roberson, who has liked the Longhorns all his life despite only living in Texas for less than a year.
Both of his parents are in the military and they moved from Las Vegas to San Antonio during the 2011-2012 school year. San Antonio has one of the largest populations of Air Force members in the nation with Lackland Air Force Base.
“I’ve always wanted to go to UT,” Roberson said. “They have always been my top option. I just like Texas. I have been looking at Texas ever since I was a little kid.”
Roberson didn’t garner much attention while playing in Las Vegas. But that all changed when he came to Brennan and tormented offenses to the tune of 105 tackles, 31 tackles-for-loss, nine sacks and one interception. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder claims to run a 4.7 40-yard dash.
He made enough of a name for himself with his performance at one of Texas’ two June camps for Texas to become his first offer. He was also able to develop a bond with Longhorns defensive ends coach Oscar Giles.
“He just told me how he could show me some stuff that I could take down to Brennan and that I could be an all-star,” he said.
The offer came as a complete surprise.
“I didn’t see them coming,” he said. “I don’t know why I went ahead and committed today. I just wanted that offer and wanted the guaranteed scholarship.”