Roberts to Transfer from OSU
By Michael Chung
The thinned out OSU linebacker corp. just got thinner. According to a source close to him, Luke Roberts becomes the second linebacker this year to transfer. Earlier, after the spring game, David Perkins out of South Bend, IN transferred and now Roberts’s transfer leaves and an already slender LB unit slimmer.
After the spring game Roberts requested permission and was granted from OSU the right to contact other schools. Virginia showed great interest and offered Roberts a scholarship by former Ohio State coach and defensive coordinator John Tenuta and head coach Mike London but Roberts will forego the Cavaliers and choose to play for the Crimson of Harvard.
The academics, education, and the role that sports plays in Roberts’s life were all factors in choosing Harvard.
Why did Roberts choose Harvard, who does not offer athletic scholarships, over a full ride to UVA? Roberts sees college as the door to his future and the Harvard door offers a future that fits his goals that have changed since starting at OSU as a 17 year-old. Harvard offers an opportunity to learn and study in the top academic university in the world.
Roberts will remain a student at OSU but will not be on the team through Fall Semester. He will leave OSU before Winter/Spring semester in order to preserve his three remaining years of eligibility. Harvard does not accept transfers after a certain period of time and Roberts began his search after the Spring Game so he will enroll at Harvard in the Fall 2014.
Though Roberts will miss a semester of school, he entered OSU with a lot of AP credit from high school and also enrolled early, so he has close to junior status in credits.
Meyer described Roberts on the radio as a “hammer and a good student.” An intensely hard worker, Roberts earned respect from his teammates and coaches, especially Luke Fickell, his position coach, who will miss Roberts in the Fall.
Roberts was one of the first verbal commits to OSU after Jim Tressel resigned and the first defensive player to commit under Mike Vrabel. During a dark period in OSU history, Roberts did not let the negative media influence him, turning down offers from schools like Arizona—his father’s alma mater—to play for the Buckeyes.
Roberts obviously comes with high regard. Not only did Virginia offer him a scholarship but Harvard football does not readily accept transfers —one in the last ten years. With its rigid academic qualifications and acceptance standards, few are qualified to transfer but Roberts does and will be part of the Ivy League.
Roberts spent some of his childhood in Romania while his father taught at an academic institution in Oradea, Romania. His mother is a nurse and his older sister will be a senior at a North Carolina college and younger brother is in high school and plays water polo.
Roberts' departure will add pressure to the likes of Camren Williams, Josh Perry, Ryan Shazier, and Curtis Grant to stay healthy and will give Luke Fickell less options. Last year, Zach Boren moved from FB to middle linebacker. Will a similar move need to happen this year?
Highly touted freshmen linebackers Mike Mitchell and Trey Johnson may be thrust into early action and reports are that Darron Lee and Chris Worley could also step in.
No matter what happens this year, Roberts will be missed not just for his position but for the driven, disciplined, and fierce competitor he is.