Another player cleared

Excitement over the start of the football season was tempered just a bit when four incoming freshmen and two junior college players were not cleared to join the team at the start of camp. As of last night three of the six had been cleared and have gotten on the field. The Wildcat football team got another batch of good news as another player has been cleared to play.

Freshman running back Derke Robinson was cleared to play after being held out of the first four practices while his transcripts were being reviewed by the NCAA.

Robinson is a 6-0, 225-pound running back from Hebron, TX. He's rated as's No. 27 ranked running back and a four-star recruit. He originally verballed to Texas but had a falling out with the program when he expressed an interest in taking additional visits.

Junior college defensive end Louis Holmes was cleared to play for the second practice and freshmen D'aundre Reed and Michael Turner joined the squad last night.

Robinson is expected to be a factor in the race to be the starting tailback. Only one player on the roster has a D-I carry. One drawback is that Robinson will not be able to be in full pads until next week since he is getting a late start.

A big time prospect, he was a Texas 4A All-Region II first-teamer and an AP 4A honorable mention All-State. He's a four-star recruit by and their 27th rated running back nationally. His Hebron team was 4A Division II UIL state champions at 16-0, final No. 3 ranking by State Farm/Texas Football poll and he was photographed hoisting the championship trophy with a Wildcat cap on his head.

Dallas Morning News had him rated 37th in their State 100 and 23rd in their Area Top100. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram rated him in their Texas State Top 100. He was the 9-4A All-District co-Offensive MVP and the Denton County News All-Area Offensive MVP in 2004.

Robinson rushed for over 100 yards in 10 of his last 11 games, including a 165-yard, three-touchdown effort in the first round of the playoffs. He rushed for 1,872 yards and16 scores this season after rushing for 1,485 yards rushing and 23 TDs as a junior. He crossed the goal line 44 times in his three seasons at the varsity level.

Robinson is expected to be in uniform in Tuesday night's practice.

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