After leading Augusta Christian to its first undefeated season and the South Carolina Independent School Association Class AAA state championship, Tyler Roberson took the spotlight by himself Wednesday.
In front of a room crowded with family and friends, Roberson signed his letter of intent to play for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs.
Roberson, who made his decision quickly after visiting the school Dec. 1, wasn’t nervous, just excited to be finally signing.
“Now they can say that Tyler Roberson is a UT Moc and it’s exciting to hear those words in a sentence,” said Roberson, who was named The Augusta Chronicle Independent schools and Columbia County player of the year.
In a recorded statement played at the signing, Mocs head coach Ross Huesman was happy to have Roberson onboard.
“He’s a great kid and we were very excited about him when he was in our camp when he came for the official visit,” Huesman said. “There was no question that he was the type of quarterback we were looking for.”
Playing in the Southern Conference, the opportunity is there for those close to him to see him play.
“That was another reason,” said Roberson, who accounted for over 3,000 yards of total offense and 42 touchdowns for the Lions. “It’s still three and a half hours if you don’t hit too much traffic. I wanted my family to be able to watch me play. And my friends. With Georgia Southern being down the road and us playing there, it’s huge. They’re the reason I play. I want them to be able to see me play.”
While he’ll compete for a starting job, Roberson may not see the field right away as the Mocs return quarterback Jacob Huesman, who set or tied nearly every team freshman offensive record in 2012 and was fourth in national Freshman of the Year Voting.
Roberson met Huesman on his school visit.
“He’s a dude of great character,” Roberson said. “I can really learn from him off the field and on the field. I’m really looking forward to spending the next few years with him.”