Linebacker Luke Roberts Leaving Ohio State for Harvard

By Jason Priestas on July 3, 2013 at 3:52a
Backup Ohio State linebacker Luke Roberts is transferring to Harvard

Backup Ohio State linebacker Luke Roberts is taking his talents to Cambridge to suit up for the Harvard Crimson.

Roberts, a sophomore, was buried on the depth chart and with talented linebackers Trey Johnson and Mike Mitchell arriving in the 2013 recruiting class, the writing, as far as playing time was concerned, may have been on the wall.

The Lancaster product has the grades to play for Harvard – he flirted with the school during his recruitment before pledging to interim coach Luke Fickell in July of 2011 – and because Harvard is an FCS program, he's able to play immediately, with three years of eligibility remaining.

A chance to play somewhere and earn a degree from one of the nation's best schools? That's a no-brainer.

Roberts told the Columbus Dispatch that there were no hard feelings on either side.

“I have nothing but positive feelings and respect towards the people at Ohio State, the football program and the university, and for the friendships I have made here,” Roberts said. “But after being here for more than a year, because I did graduate (fromLancasterHigh School) early, I just didn’t feel it was the perfect fit for me. Not that it was a bad place, it just wasn’t exactly what I thought it was going to be coming out of high school.”

An Ohio State spokesman said coach Urban Meyer and defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Luke Fickell were supportive of Roberts’ decision and that there were no ill feelings one way or the other. Roberts confirmed that.

“They said there were going to support me in ‘whatever decision you make,’ “ Roberts said.

Roberts becomes the second Ohio State linebacker in recent months to transfer. South Bend product David Perkins is now with Illinois State.

We wish Luke the best of luck, but it sounds like he's creating a bit of his own luck.


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albinomosquito's picture

No hard feelings for sure.. especially in these troubling times of limited schollies.. sounds like a win for all parties involved.

GoBucks713's picture

Good Luck Luke! Go get that Harvard of the East education!

-The Aristocrats!

rdubs's picture

ASDFASD indeed!!!

OSUStu's picture

Haha.  Its an anagram dude.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

steensn's picture

Can't blame the kid, he wasn't going to get to play. I'd be thinking the same thing as well, Harvard is not a bad place to end up getting a degree from I hear either :)

Defend Youngstown's picture

Good luck, Luke. In his position, I would have made the same decision.

pjtobin's picture

Farewell young man. We will continue to back you also. Once a buckeye always a buckeye. Good luck. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

BuckeyeW's picture

please stop using that tired "talents" phrase. it's obnoxious and intellectually lazy. 
good luck to Luke, though.

Stinson's picture


"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." -Wayne Woodrow Hayes

SPreston2001's picture

He still must be hurting over "the decision" lol. Get over it...

MN Buckeye's picture

Yes, I hear that Harvard is above-average.  He should be fine, and good luck to you, young man!

niblick's picture

big time grats young man!

Michibuck's picture

All the best, Luke. Go make All-Ivy League.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Smart decision for him and his future.  Smart kid.

Class of 2010.

tennbuckeye19's picture

As a Lancaster native, I was pretty happy that Luke signed to play @ OSU to carry on the tradition of other Golden Gales who've played in Columbus like Rex Kern, Barry Walker, Ben Gilbert, Bobby Carpenter, and Jim Cordle. I'm pretty excited that Lancaster's Kyle Trout is a part of the 2014 class as well. 
I wish Luke well in his athletic and academic pursuits @ Harvard. 

Poison nuts's picture

Good luck Mr Roberts...A Harvard degree is priceless & this is a wise move IMHO...

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

ATXbucknut's picture

More on his transfer from the Lancaster newspaper here.

“I have a lot of great friendships here [in Ohio],” Roberts said. “I’ve been here all of high school and junior high. It’s going to be weird leaving it all behind.”

GoBucksOSU's picture

I wish him luck at Harvard. I'm not sure but does him transferring give us another scholarship to use?

rdubs's picture

Yep, which is likely why this is a very mutual move.  He gets to play and a Harvard degree, and we don't have to turn away one of the great recruits we are after.

Brutus Forever's picture

Harvard will be getting a good lunebacker in this one

"I learned to dislike Michigan at a very young age.” – Urban F. Meyer

GoBucks713's picture

What you did there, I see it.

-The Aristocrats!

WC Buckeye's picture

Crush it in Cambridge, Luke, and enjoy that tasty degree and all that comes with it. I now have a reason to root for Harvard.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

Jonnferrell's picture

He gets to play, wear crimson, and even gets to play in a horseshoe.  Hell, he may not even realize that he's somewhere else  Go get that Harvard degree, Luke, and become President Roberts!  Then the Buckeye team will visit you in the White House.

"I miss Brady Hoke."

D. Anthony's picture

One Mo Scholly

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