Junior college safety Jordan Robinson had a strong performance at the Sun Devils’ instructional camp and caught the attention of the ASU coaches who have been recruiting him recently.
"Yes I felt like I did well out there today in drills and I ran a good 40,” Robinson said.
After the athletes participated in the same warmup routine the Sun Devils' football team does, they broke up into two groups. One group of athletes ran the standard 40-yard dash time, while the others did a short shuttle run, and then they switched places.
Robinson stood out early with a strong get off and ran unofficial times of 4.54 and 4.51 seconds, about two-tenths faster than he was able to muster at the at the same camp several years earlier.
"I have been working getting my feet right,” Robinson said. “I have been working on my speed and strength. I have been trying to get stronger without getting too bulky so that I can still move well. I weigh 202 pounds right now."
Robinson is preparing for a season at Mesa Community College. He finished his high school career at Mesquite High School in Peoria, Ariz., then signed to play at the University of California-Davis, but subsequently transferred to MCC.
He said does not have an offer from ASU at the moment. But he said he has had a lot more contact with ASU coaches especially safeties coach Chris Ball.
"ASU has been in contact with me at least once a week since my spring game at MCC,” Robinson said. “I have been contact with coach Ball for the most part. I had a really good spring game and since then they have been in contact. They like me for the bandit safety which is the boundary safety."
He said he spoke with Ball and assistant athletics director of recruiting Patrick Suddes after the camp. He said he wanted to speak with head coach Todd Graham, but could not because Graham was predisposed with other recruits.
Robinson said he hopes to visit campus again this week to speak with Graham.
He has a full season a MCC to showcase his skills on film and then have four years to play three seasons at the Division I level. He said he would be excited about a potential ASU offer.
“I would have to talk to my family and coaches before I made a sudden decision,” Robinson said. “I love ASU. I love the program and the coaches and how they take a lot of pride in their defense.”
Robinson said he has not been in contact with many other schools and is considering attending the University of Arizona camp. With his transfer to junior college, he said he has four years to play his three years of eligibility.
Arms on display
The camp concluded with the athletes competing in a 7-on-7 drill.
Receivers and tight ends tried to position themselves to share reps with two quarterbacks in particular.
Gebbia is the quarterback at Calabasas High School in Calabasas, Calif., and reportedly holds offers from Arizona State, Alabama, Colorado State, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Syracuse and Washington State.
Hall is from Maple Mountain High School in Spanish Fork, Utah. He is verbally committed to BYU and reportedly plans to go on his Church of Latter Day Saints mission trip immediately after high school. Therefore, he is technically a class of 2018 entrant.
Gebbia said he visited ASU before when his 7-on-7 team and was offered a scholarship by ASU during the spring.
He said he hopes to continue to communicate with the ASU coaches, especially quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Mike Norvell.
"He said he really loved my competitive spirit and how well I catch on to things and how I really use my brain in the game of football,” Gebbia said. “I'm really looking forward to continuing to get a relationship with him and growing in football."
Gebbia said he wants to take his time with his recruitment, but hopes to be verbally committed next spring.
Hall said ASU coaches have been in contact with him recently and invited him to the camp. After the workout, he said he went on a tour of the campus, the football facility and was shown where the new facility will be located.
Hall is still committed to BYU, but he wants to keep his options open.
"Signing day isn't for another eight months,” Hall said. “Anything can happen up to that point as far as coaching staffs and all that so I'm not trying to close my options off too soon to make sure I have other options. I just want to make sure I don't totally shut all my other doors."
Deep at DB
When the camp participants broke out in to their individual position groups, it was clear which group had the most talent.
Ball was coaching up a couple of solid athletes besides Robinson.
Some defensive back stand outs were junior college defensive back Ivan Jones, junior college safety D.J. Olmstead, 3-star Utah defensive back Braxton Gunther and another Utah 3-star safety Cooper Smith.
None of those four defensive backs currently hold an ASU offer. Jones will play next year at MCC.
Olmstead will play his second season at safety at Scottsdale Community College and said he has not had much contact with ASU coaches. He did have an impressive showing at the camp registering an unofficial 4.40 on the 40-yard dash and jumped in front of a route and grabbed an interception in the 7-on-7 drill at the end of the camp.
He said Ball told him after the camp to send him more film.
Olmstead does not have any scholarship offers but said he has been talking with coaches from Wyoming and Northern Arizona University.
Gunther is from Woods Cross High School in Woods Cross, Utah. He is the No. 1 ranked safety in the state and reportedly has offers from Nevada, Southern Utah, Weber State and Wyoming.
He said by text after the camp that the ASU coaches have told him they like his competitiveness, footwork and his film and told him they may offer him a scholarship soon.
Smith plays for Salem Hills High School in Salem, Utah. He is the fourth ranked prospect in Utah and stands at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds.
He said he has an offer from Air Force. He said he spoke with Ball after the camp and Ball told him to send film immediately after his first high school game this season.