Coach speak: Jabril Robinson

North Brunswick High School head coach Garry Bishop recently spoke with CUTigers about his rising senior d-tackle, Jabril Robinson.

DT Jabril Robinson Profile

Robinson, a 6-3, 263-pound prospect, committed to Clemson last Friday during the second All-In Cookout.

"Obviously, Clemson thinks highly of him, to offer him a scholarship. Jabril has got a lot of upside. They saw that," Bishop said. "He had to play both ways for me, as an offensive tackle and a defensive end…he's versatile. He can play both side of the ball.

"He's got great feet. He's going to be able to play wherever they project him to play, either side of the ball. They want him as a defensive end or a defensive tackle, according to how much weight he can put on. They're going to get a guy that plays at a high pace."

East Carolina and Charlotte had offers to Robinson when he committed to Clemson.

"He's a good kid. He doesn't get into any trouble. He's a good kid, not late for school, class. He attends school regularly, doesn't get written up," Bishop said. "He's a yes sir, no sir-type guy. He's a young man that respects his coaches and is going to listen to what they've got to say. I don't have any problems with him off the field."

On the field this season, Bishop plans for Robinson to play on just one side of the ball.

"In college, on one side of the ball, he'll be far more effective," Bishop said. "We're going to probably do that with him this year. We're going to play him on defense, sit him out on offense, so he can dominate a little more.

"We're looking for big things from him. I'm sure Clemson is, too."

The North Brunswick head coach offered a couple of ideas as to why Robinson hasn't picked up more interest on the recruiting trail.

"He didn't have great numbers on defense. He probably needs to be a little stronger to where he can dominate a little bit more," Bishop said. "He didn't work as hard as he should have in the weight room his first couple of years, because he was so much bigger than everybody, and athletic, because he's a three-sport athlete, plays basketball and track.

"He's just now coming into his own with his strength, getting stronger. I think that's one reason that he might have been overlooked. Of course, playing both ways, too, you can't dominate quite as well.

"He was our best defensive guy and best offensive lineman. I'm not sure why he was overlooked. His tape is out there. Clemson saw him…I'm sure they saw a lot of upside with his potential. That's kind of what we talked about with coach [Dan] Brooks."

Robinson recorded 72 tackles with 20 tackles for loss and 12 sacks last season.

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