ROSEPINE — Last year, Rosepine's Bryce Roberts committed to the University of Dallas.

ROSEPINE — Last year, Rosepine's Bryce Roberts committed to the University of Dallas.

On Wednesday, he followed through with that commitment.

Roberts, in front of his family, teammates and coaches at Rosepine High School, signed to play with the Division III school located in the Dallas suburb of Irving.

The senior, who sports a 3.76 grade-point average with an ACT score of 24, had chances to play elsewhere, such as Louisiana College, but chose the University of Dallas as he said he quickly connected with the members of the team.

“The chemistry of the team, it reminded me so much of my freshman and sophomore years here at Rosepine,” Roberts said. “We did everything together from camping to going to other games. It really felt like a complete brotherhood there.”

Roberts, a first-team all-district and all-Vernon Parish selection a year ago, batting .369 as a junior with a .432 on-base percentage and a slugging mark of .500. The four-year starter was an honorable mention all-state pick last year as well and he expects to play anywhere he is asked to for Dallas.

Roberts follows in the footsteps of many Rosepine players before him who have moved to the collegiate level after playing for veteran Eagle head coach Jeff Smith. Roberts said Smith is the main reason he is headed to the next level.

“Coach Smith is a really exciting coach to play for,” Roberts said. “He teaches us things at such a young age that even many college coaches couldn't explain. I've really enjoyed my years here at Rosepine and honestly wouldn't have wanted to play anywhere else.”

Roberts has been a part of great success the past four years at Rosepine. The Eagles put together a 37-game winning streak in district play. Roberts also had the opportunity to play with players such as Trevor Russell, Kane Bass, Chase Partridge and Jesse Fruge, while also learning from assistant coach Matt Burns, a former Northwestern State Demon who played for Smith at Rosepine.

“I will definitely miss my experience with my coaches and the bonds of brotherhood I've had with teammates past and present,” Roberts said. “But I certainly won miss the piggy backs this year. It's tough carrying someone that far.”

The son of Melissa Nash and Jeremy Roberts, Bryce Roberts is planning on studying for a degree in business, with an emphasis in healthcare management.