It's all about numbers.
The Clemson football coaching staff picked up its third quarterback commitment on Tuesday when Morgan Roberts of Charlotte Country Day in Charlotte, NC accepted a 'grayshirt' offer from the Tigers.
Clemson, along with several other ACC schools, monitored Roberts throughout the fall. He had offers from Dartmouth, Western Carolina, Elon and Ball State, prior to his recent offer from Clemson. Under 'grayshirt' rules, Roberts will enroll at Clemson in the fall, pay his own way, and then will go on scholarship next January and will count toward 2012's recruiting class.
The 6-4, 205-pound pro-style quarterback caught recruiters' eyes last summer with a standout performance at the Under Armour Combine in Charlotte.
He passed for 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior, and nearly 2,000 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior. He also rushed for more than 700 yards and 14 touchdowns. In Country Day's NC private school state title game against Charlotte-Latin, he accounted for 318 yards of total offense and five scores.
Roberts becomes the third quarterback committed to Clemson, which currently has just one player on scholarship at the position – projected 2011 starter Tajh Boyd. He will join Tony McNeal and Cole Stoudt in the Tigers' freshman class.
The Tigers also have a pair of walk-on quarterbacks in rising sophomore Donny McElveen and Taylor Ogle.