With ND putting their best foot forward on the field this past Saturday, California running back Cameron Roberson liked what he saw and publicly committed during his visit to campus for the Nevada game.
“It just seemed like a great place to be,” Roberson said before the start of the Panthers’ practice on Tuesday. “The facilities, the players, the coaches were all great. I could tell this was where I wanted to spend the next four or five years.”The 6'1" 215 pound Roberson, the 15th recruit in the current class, is being recruited as a running back, but has the potential to grow into a fullback sized player. Watching how ND used James Aldridge, Robert Huhges, and Jonas Gray put Roberson at ease about only serving as a blocking back if he picked ND.
Rivals has Roberson listed as a 4-star recruit and the #29 RB in his class. Scout is a bit lower, giving him 3 stars and the #45 RB ranking. ESPN gave Roberson a familiar grade to ND recruits this year, 3- stars and a 77 ranking; it's the same ranking they gave Kendall Moore, Bennett Jackson, and Justin Utupo. Roberson's offer list tend to match his 3/4 star status with offers from finalist Northwestern, Washington, BYU, Arizona, Utah, Minnesota, and others.
Roberson does have a prior connection to ND in that his grandfather graduated from Notre Dame in 1959. A pre-med grad, Thomas Murry Turner came to ND on academic scholarship and was one of the earlier African-American graduates of the University. Now he's a retired doctor living in Beverly Hills.
Here are some recent highlights of Roberson. It's easy to see him playing as a multi-purpose threat out of either the halfback or fullback position as a blocker, runner, and receiver.
With 15 recruits already on the bandwagon, it will be interesting to see how ND handles the final handful of spots. Already the Southern Cal weekend is looming large as a weekend full of desired recruits on official visits. An impressive weekend then could go a long way to helping ND wrap up the 2010 recruiting class.