Avery Roberts made his commitment to the Huskers on April 21, 2016.
Roberts announced the decision on Twitter with a post saying he felt "extremely blessed" to commit to Nebraska. The Huskers beat out his other finalist, Penn State, and dozens of others to land Roberts.
Landing Roberts capped off more than a year’s worth of work in recruiting the four-star linebacker. He received his offer from Nebraska in February 2015. About two months later, he took his first — and only thus far — visit to Lincoln for the 2015 spring game.
Since that time, he remained a top target with linebackers coach Trent Bray leading the charge. Despite not returning for a visit, Nebraska stayed high on his list and eventually remained one of two schools left in the running about a month before his decision.
Roberts had visited Penn State multiple times in the year since he checked out Nebraska, including a trip to Happy Valley the weekend before he announced. But NU held on and secured his commitment, marking a big win over another Big Ten school. Roberts shed some light on the factors that helped him land on Nebraska in a video interview posted by Scout one week prior to his commitment: "It's just a new vibe, fresh, getting to start something new, to build something there and getting to be a part of it."
His role now shifts to recruiter for the Huskers. He took his official visit to Nebraska for the season opener against Fresno State on Sept. 3. It was his first time back in Lincoln since the spring of 2015, and he was on that visit with several other key Husker targets. His brother, a fellow Husker recruit, was also on that visit with him.
And Nebraska is making sure how Roberts knows how important he is to the Huskers' class. Mike Riley and Trent Bray made one of their first in-home visits with Roberts on Nov. 28.
Roberts became the seventh player to commit to NU’s 2017 class, and the second linebacker joining Willie Hampton. As of the time of his commitment, he’s the second highest ranked commit in the class behind quarterback Tristan Gebbia.
Roberts is a consensus four-star prospect. The Huskers believe he could eventually play any of the three linebacker spots.
Getting his commitment should also help with a member of the 2018 recruiting class. NU was the first school to offer Avery’s brother, Grahm Roberts, a rising junior running back.
NU has never signed a player from the state of Delaware, and Roberts would be the first from that state to ever suit up for the Huskers. Roberts is the highest ranked recruit to come out Delaware since 2014.
As a sophomore in 2014, Roberts had 112 tackles, including 19 for loss and 6.5 sacks. He had 69 tackles, six for loss and two interceptions as a junior. He was selected to the DIFCA All-State team in 2015.
He’s another big feather in Bray’s cap. He’s now landed five linebackers from four states dating back to the 2016 class. Roberts is the highest rated of the bunch. Bray also got linebackers from Georgia, Arizona and Louisiana in the 2015 class.
Soon after Roberts committed, Bray tweeted this reaction to his newest commit.
Below is Roberts’ tweet announcing his commitment to Nebraska:
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