QB Roberts commits to the Tigers

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In his senior season, Roberts threw for 2,000 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney called Morgan Roberts’ parents this morning and said the words they had been waiting to hear –the Tigers were offering Morgan as a grayshirt.

The answer was a quick yes, and the Roberts immediately let their son, who was still in school at Charlotte Country Day, know the good news.

“Coach Swinney called my parents and made the offer,” Roberts told TigerNet Tuesday afternoon. “My parents got a hold of me at school and let me know what the coaches were offering me. It is a dream come true for me. I accepted the offer on the spot.”

Athletes in a grayshirt year typically do not receive financial assistance from the athletic department for the fall semester, but are placed on scholarship in the spring. Roberts will count towards the 2012 class.

Roberts (6-4, 204) said he has been thinking that this is the route he would go for a while.

“I have been talking to the Clemson coaches for a long time, and I went to camp, I’ve been to some games and I’ve been to the campus,” Roberts said. “I’ve known that this is what I really wanted to. I am going to enroll in June and get ready from there. I don’t want to be anywhere else.”

Roberts said that his family has Clemson ties , including an aunt that lives in Clemson. She had a cousin, Jack Miller, who kicked a field goal for Clemson in the Cotton Bowl.

Now, he said he is going to try and get his body ready for new offensive coordinator Chad Morris’ offense.

“I know he is an up-tempo guy, and he runs a lot more no-huddle than Coach Napier did,” Roberts said. “I actually did a lot better running this year, and I am going to build my body up this offseason to take some shots. I am also going to work on the execution part of the offense, so I can get the offense effective and ready to score some points.”

As a junior, Roberts passed for 1500 yards with 21 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in a spread offense. In his senior season, he led Country Day to a 10-2 record and a N.C. Independent Schools 3A state title while throwing for 1970 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for over 700 yards and 14 touchdowns.

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