William Roberts III, the son of rapper Rick Ross and Tia Kemp, is headed to Bethune-Cookman University.

Taking to Instagram on Saturday (Jan. 27), the 18-year-old revealed his decision to join the HBCU. His mother, Tia, shared her excitement on Instagram, saying, “Committed. Let’s go, Wild Cats! God is the greatest!!”


Roberts III caught the attention of college recruiters early on as a freshman in high school. Back in 2021, he received offers from notable institutions such as Miami, Syracuse, Florida International, Texas A&M, Colorado, and Albany State.

Despite Power 5 offers from notable schools like Colorado, Marshall, Florida International, and Miami, Roberts ultimately chose to join Bethune-Cookman University.

Roberts’ commitment to the Daytona Beach HBCU further solidifies his family’s connection with Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Notably, Rick Ross himself attended Albany State on a football scholarship after graduating from Miami Carol City Senior High School. With an offer on the table from Albany State, a Division II HBCU in the SIAC, Roberts III had the chance to follow in his father’s footsteps.

St. Thomas Aquinas, where Roberts III has played his high school ball, is renowned for being one of the top football schools in the country. The Aquinas Raiders have not only dominated the high school football scene but have also consistently produced NFL talent.

Since 2012, an impressive 18 former players from St. Thomas Aquinas have been drafted into the NFL, highlighting the school’s commitment to excellence in both academics and athletics.

St. Thomas Aquinas head coach Roger Harriott expressed his admiration for Roberts back in 2021, stating, “Will’s size, strength, and athleticism have enabled him to play some quality time this season and start a couple of games. He’s an extremely talented player and a well-rounded, character-oriented person. His best days are ahead of him.”

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