Relieved, Happy to be a Sun Devil

Up until Friday morning Gerrell Robinson didn't know which school he was going to commit to. His choices came down to ASU and Notre Dame. Being in San Antonio, site of U.S. Army All-American Bowl game, he was surrounded by a dozen or more Fighting Irish commits trying to lure him to South Bend. Nonetheless, when it was all said and done there was no place like home for the Chandler Hamilton WR.

We caught up with Gerrell Robinson shortly after he landed back in Phoenix. Much to the delight of the maroon and gold faithful, it's isn't just the wide receiver's current home but also his college home for the next four years.

"It feels pretty good being a Sun Devil," he said. "It was a stressful time and it's good to be done with the decision."

Robinson's parents have been sold on the Arizona State program for quite a while, and both were present in San Antonio this weekend. Ironically, the Chandler Hamilton star rarely saw his parents during the bowl preparations so according to him their influence during the days leading up to his decision was virtually non-existent.

"I only told my parents that morning (i.e. Saturday) that I was going to ASU," he noted. "They didn't know until that day and they were very happy I made that decision. I just had to sort out everything alone; I prayed a lot and then made my decision." Both of Robinson's parents were by his side beaming as he made his verbal commitment live during the Bowl telecast on NBC.

Naturally the effect the Notre Dame commits had on Robinson was also null and void. "Yeah, they were talking to me all week wanting me to commit to Notre Dame," he recalled. "I was just respectful the whole time and just smiled when they asked me if I'm gonna commit there. At the end, even though I was hanging out with them a lot I had to make the decision that felt right to me."

Oregon was another school heavy in the mix for Robinson, but was dropped from consideration a couple of weeks before the U.S. Army game. "With Coach Belotti interviewing at UCLA and the whole uncertainty around their quarterback situation, I just felt that it wasn't the right place for me," he said.

Much has been said about the impressive resume of ASU Head Coach Dennis Erickson and his staff, and the possible effects it can have on recruiting. You can certainly count Robinson as a Sun Devil commit who was influenced by the body of work of the Sun Devil coaches, in particularly wide receivers coach Eric Yarber.

"Coach Yarber has coached wide receivers in college that are now stars in the NFL," said Robinson referring to players such as Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmanzada. "He also coached in the NFL so he knows what it takes to get there and I know he can help me improve my skills and get to the next level."

By his own admission, through out the vast majority of his prep career, Robinson never gave the Sun Devils serious thought as a potential college destination. This despite knowing one of ASU's leading players during that period. A player that can certainly have a lot to do with launching a successful college career – quarterback Rudy Carpenter.

"My stepfather and Rudy's father played high school football together," Robinson stated. "Rudy was never recruiting me hard to go ASU, but he did help me a lot. Before I went to San Antonio he and I had a two-hour lunch. He talked to me about college football and what to expect at that level. It wasn't all ASU talk; it was just talking about life and doing what's good for me."

And what was good for Gerrell Robinson, turned out to be one of the greatest commits for a rising Arizona State program.

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