Ryan Roberts held several scholarship offers, and some were closer to home than Northern Illinois, but none gave him the same feeling of comfort the Huskies did, so the 6-foot-6, 240-pound tight end committed, and in the process, became a legacy recruit.
"I really trusted the staff. They reflect the personality of the head coach. They want the best for me as all three schools that offered me do," he said. "I have a lot of family that lives in Chicago and an uncle who lives near Dekalb. My dad went there. He was an All-American captain in 1993 so there's a connection there. There were so many things I fell in love with as soon as I walked on campus."
Roberts' frame and growth potential had some school seeing him as a future offensive tackle. Position did not play a factor in his decision, but he did speak with NIU about what the plan would be for him.
"They said I would be a true tight end but they wouldn't keep me in the box. With my frame, a lot of schools looked at my body and said if I blew up, they'd want me to be a tackle. I'm going to just let my body grow and be the best I can be and let my body do it's own work. I'm not going to fight it."
While Roberts is happy to play at the same program his father had such success at, and a program that has enjoyed continued success since, he also is ready to make his own name.
"It feels great. I can't wait to continue their legacy and build my own legacy at the school. I'm really excited about the opportunity to play there and I'm happy to be a Husky."
With his decision out of he way, Roberts can now focus on winning a state title. He says he and teammate David Moorman, who recently committed to Wisconsin, did not purposefully move their decisions up, but both can now concentrate on a common goal.
"I think it's going to be a great season for Northville. We have a lot of talent and commitment. Both Moorman and I decided to commit early to a school that truly wanted us. It wasn't our main focus to get it done early but now we will not have as many distractions and we can focus on leading our team to victory."
Roberts is the second commitment from Michigan for the Huskies, joining fellow tight end Daniel Crawford.