Texas Hauls in Big Fish

Texas Hauls in Big Fish

The 2014 in-state class is a strong one for pass-rushing defensive ends, and Texas grabbed one of the best Thursday night.

When most of us come back home from a workout, the first thing we want to be handed is an ice-cold drink. But when San Antonio Brennan defensive end Derick Roberson entered his house, he received something so much sweeter.

"I came home from jogging," Roberson said. "My dad gave me the phone, and Coach [Duane] Akina was on the line. He told me I had an offer.

"It was kind of exciting," Roberson said. "I didn't expect that."

It was exciting enough that Roberson said he didn't hesitate to pull the trigger on his commitment.

"I just wanted to get it out of the way," Roberson said. "I like Texas. They're my top school. So I committed.

"It's a relief and a weight off my shoulders," Roberson said. "I don't have to worry about impressing anybody. I can just go out and play my game."

Playing his game is what put him in the position to join the Longhorns in the first place. Roberson had an outstanding sophomore season, making 105 tackles, including 31 for loss, and nine sacks, despite opponents constantly using multiple blockers to occupy him on pass attempts. And Roberson said he realized that he had a chance to be a big-time prospect when he put up 12 tackles and five sacks in an early-season 35-0 win over Harlandale.

Those performances earned him an invitation to the Texas summer camp, where he stood out yet again.

"It was really nice," Roberson said. "I met the coaches and saw the stadium. I really liked it."

Now, Roberson said he's going to make an effort to make it into that stadium on upcoming game days. He said he would probably attend "a couple" games after the 2012 season kicked off, though he's still trying to figure out which games to attend.

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