Entrance Exam: Luke Roberts
Buckeyes have another Lancaster linebacker on their roster
Entrance Exam is a series at BuckeyeNation where we chat with incoming freshmen in Ohio State athletics.
Lancaster High School and linebackers go hand-in-hand.
From former Buckeye Bobby Carpenter to current North Carolina State linebacker Ryan Cheek, the Central Ohio town seems to be a breeding ground. It's also a school that produced former Buckeyes Jim Cordle and Rex Kern.
So when Luke Roberts added to the legacy at Ohio State on national signing day, it came as a surprise to no one.
He committed in the summer of 2011 when things were still in flux with the Buckeyes, believing the program would right the ship.
He picked up that comfort when Urban Meyer took over, saying the coach's hiring was "good for the program."
Named to the second team Division I All-Ohio team by the Associated Press, Roberts recorded 118 tackles -- 19 for loss -- and added five quarterback sacks as a senior.
His junior year is what started turning heads, however, when the 6-foot-2, 224-pound Roberts picked up all-state special mention status following a 96-tackle season that included 23 tackles for loss and three sacks.
BN: What does it mean to you to be a Buckeye?
Roberts: It's really special. Growing up in Ohio, playing for Ohio State is obviously every little kid's dream around here. It's a huge deal to come here, especially with a lot of other Ohio players. It's certainly a neat opportunity that I've been blessed with.
BN: To be in camp in August and to succeed, is this something you expected?
Roberts: To be honest, I didn't come in here with expectations. I didn't come in here with expectations, because I came in here with goals. I knew I was going to work as hard as I could to be the best that I can, so everything would take care of itself.
BN: Why did you sign with Ohio State?
Roberts: It was the atmosphere. Of all the schools I visited, I knew I liked Ohio State the best. Not just because I grew up in Ohio or any of those things. When I visited Ohio State, I knew it was the place for me.
BN: What are you expecting out of yourself this year, not only as a player, but as a student, too?
Roberts: I'm looking to get better as a player and mature. We have a great coaching staff, and I'm being pushed by the best players in the nation. As long as I can continue to develop, I'm really excited for this year.
BN: What do you think about coach Urban Meyer?
Roberts: He's the most intense person I've ever met in my life. He's a good guy. He knows coaching better than anyone I've ever talked to. He demands excellence out of us all the time.
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