Top prospectRecruitniks around the state and Southeast already know about Pinson junior receiver Earnest Robinson (6-2, 195). FNL covered Clay-Chalkville junior DeAndre Woods a few weeks ago, and it was good to hear a Pinson Valley assistant agree that he and Robinson are as good as it gets in the 2013 receiver class in Alabama.
Indians Head Coach Matt Glover knew coming in that Robinson was only 85-90 percent healthy, having missed the better part of two games with an ankle sprain and been in a walking boot Monday of this week. Thing is, an 85-percent Robinson is much better than a 100-percent most anyone else.
"You can't guard him," said Glover. "What's good about Ernest is, you can always throw a fade to him, and you don't have to worry about it being intercepted. He's either going to catch it or knock it down. He's a playmaker."
Those words proved rather prophetic. Robinson finished the night with five catches for 63 yards and two touchdowns, from eight and 21 yards. The last one was the game-winner, with 44 seconds left. Both were on -- you guessed it -- fade routes.
"He can run, he can catch, and he can jump," said Hornets coach Wade Waldrop. "He's a player." That he is, and that's why Alabama and many others are very interested.
Seniors who shinedComing in, Chelsea quarterback/safety Jake Ganus had thrown zero interceptions on the year. On this night, the UAB pledge tossed four picks, but still played a great game on both sides of the ball. Sound crazy? Well, he threw two touchdowns and scored two on the ground, and looked good at safety, his projected college position.
For the Indians, Lorenzo Gray runs much harder than most 5-10, 175-pounders. He pounded the Hornets defense for multiple first downs and a three-yard scoring run.
Juniors to watchPinson cornerback David King (6-0, 176) had the pick and 40-yard return to set up Robinson's winning catch. King also stood out on special teams with stops on both kickoff and punt coverage. His teammate, mighty mite A.J. Freeman, is a 5-3, 145-pound dynamo who raced 62-yards for six points during the fast and furious fourth quarter. Harry Mason is a good receiver at 5-9, 175. Linebacker Zach Cunningham is 6-4, 210 and plays sideline-to-sideline.
For the Hornets, an injury slowed running back Julius McCall, but the 5-10, 185-pounder is fast and will become a prospect. Corner Davis Shoemaker (5-9, 155) did an admirable job much of the night on Robinson, and got two picks and a nice break-up. Tight end Keelan Gregg (6-3, 205) is a nice blocker who caught a touchdown pass from Ganus on third-and-goal from the 1.