NoCal Linebacker Realizes Opportunities at ASU

A good football program and a quality education are the perfect combination most recruits seek in a school. Jamarr Robinson believes that the Sun Devils have both, which is why they are one of three schools leading for his services.

Jamarr Robinson, a 6-3 240 linebacker from Fairfield (Calif.) High School, is enjoying his recruitment with the maroon and gold (who have offered him a scholarship months ago), and is seriously planning to trip to Tempe in a few months. "Me and my coach are working on setting up an official visit there during the season," he said. "I really like Arizona State and that's a school I really could see myself going to. They put a lot of people in the league, so not only do you get a good education, but you have a chance to play at the next level." Robinson is being recruited by ASU's Quarterbacks Coach Mark Helfrich.

In keeping with the trend of favoring out-of-state schools, Robinson said that Oklahoma and Utah round up his top three and are likely to receive an official visit as well. "I already visited schools like UCLA and Cal," he commented. "So I want to go to a school that I haven't been to yet, like LSU and Tennessee."

The linebacker collected 90 tackles last season, and despite his big frame is considered very athletic. "I'm real physical," said Robinson of his skills. "I work in the weight room a lot, so I'm very strong. I need to work more on reading the offense and reacting better to the ball." He's being recruited as a middle linebacker by ASU, which is his preferable position. Very fitting for a player who thinks his high school's defense will be "nasty" this upcoming year.

Recruiting these days, does not know the meaning of the term off-season, but the linebacker admitted that these days are less hectic than the recent past. "It's more quiet now because there are no camps and stuff like that," Robinson stated. "It was overwhelming before that with all the coaches calling me. But I didn't let it get to my head. I still knew who I was, and my teammates know who I was."

And many other schools surely know Robinson's comrades, especially four-star wide receiver DeLeShaun Dean. The blue chipper stands 6-4 190, and according to Robinson is pursued by a plethora of programs, including ASU. Would the two consider being a package deal?

"We're looking forward to that, but some of our interest in schools are starting to split," said Robinson. "Some schools are recruiting him for their needs and some are recruiting me for their needs. We would love to go to the same school, but I don't think it will happen."

With a core GPA of 2.8 and a score of 940 in the SAT, Robinson is academically qualified. He's clear on what factors would weigh heavily in his decision ("How well I get along with the coaches, and how well my trip went."), but has no idea when he will actually pull the trigger. "A lot of people are saying that I shouldn't commit too early," he explained, "that I should take my time, and wait to signing day to announce my decision. It just really depends on my trips. I can go visit Arizona State, fall in love with the school, and commit right then and there."

A scenario the Sun Devils would welcome with open arms…

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