Pope John Paul II junior running back Antwan Roberts announced his verbal commitment to the University of Wisconsin Tuesday afternoon.
Roberts is a three-star recruit and the state’s number 23 recruit for the Class of 2021, according to Rivals.com.
He also held offers from Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Missouri, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech, among others.
“Picking Wisconsin was the right decision, and I feel very comfortable with that decision,” Roberts told Main Street Preps. “Everything there was nice, but I knew Wisconsin was the school for me when I factored in that even if I were not playing football, I would still want to go to school there.”
The junior standout for the Knights will soon join a laundry list of great running backs to go to school in Madison.
“They did not have to say anything about their rich history of running backs, that is something you just know as a football fan,” Roberts said. “Being there and seeing it first hand opened my eyes to the great history.”
Roberts took his unofficial visit to Madison back on November 23, seeing a 45-24 victory over the Boilermakers and Heisman contestant Jonathan Taylor rush for 222 yards.
“That was a great day,” he said of his unofficial. “Seeing the 90,000 passionate fans fill the stadium and then talking with (Jonathan) Taylor after the game was great.”
Before getting to Wisconsin, Roberts must focus on a senior season that is sure to impress. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic that has shut down his campus and weight room, he is staying ready for when his number is called.
“I have some weights at the house that is keeping my strength up, and I go down to the local park to get my running in so that when we do get back, I can hit the ground running.”
Roberts rushed for 1,046 yards and 15 touchdowns in eight games during his junior season and was named First Team All-Sumner County by Main Street Preps. He also has not fumbled in the last two seasons.
“I think ball security is critical and helped me catch the eye of the college coaches,” he said. “Everyone sees the yards and touchdowns, but having zero fumbles is my biggest thing. Without protecting the ball, you cannot get anywhere.”
Roberts is looking forward to joining the long list of phenomenal running backs to get to the NFL, such as Montee Ball, Melvin Gordon, Ron Dayne, and Jonathan Taylor, but first, he needs to take care of earning respect on the field.
“First thing first is I need to establish my respect in the way of being a hard worker,” he said. “I want to establish a starting role and work my way up. Once that happens, I will see where it takes me, but I have my eyes on being one of the best and making it to the NFL.”
Roberts will study either business or sports management during his four years in Madison.