Auston Robertson could not have picked a better time to debut at a camp as a defensive end, and the 2016 prospect exploded onto the scene Monday night at the Raw Talent Sports Showcase in Cleveland.
Robertson, 6-foot-5, 230-pounds, played wide receiver and tight end as a sophomore for Fort Wayne (IN) Wayne, but his days on offense are now over.
Showing the size, quickness and athletic ability needed to play at the highest level, Robertson performed in front of coaches from Michigan State, Illinois, Indiana, Rutgers, Toledo, and others. He picked up an offer from Toledo on the spot, and he is now on the recruiting board of the others.
"I played varsity last year as a sophomore, but I played receiver," Roberston stated. "I didn't play any defense at all, and about two weeks ago I decided to switch to defense and play defensive end."
"This is coming very naturally to me, and I love playing defense," he added. "I'm looking forward to working at it, and trying to become as good as I can be at the position. I thought I did pretty well here at this camp, but I don't really understand the position right now."
The offer from Toledo caught Robertson by surprise, and he was elated to receive the news.
"Nobody was recruiting me that I know of, so to have all these coaches giving me their cards and telling me to call them is great," he admitted. "The offer from Toledo is great and I'm kind of speechless. I'm very happy and excited, so I don't know what to say."
There is a school Robertson is hoping to hear from going forward.
"I always rooted for Ohio State, and I would love to hear from them," Robertson said. "I'm originally from Ohio, and I grew up in Lima. I visited Ohio State in the sixth grade, and that's always been my school."
"I have not been back to Ohio State since, but I would love to go for camp or just to visit," he continued. "I'm interested in any school that comes way though, and I have a 3.0 grade point average."
EVALUATION: Agree 100% with Roberston that he has a lot to learn about playing defensive end, but he has the God-given skills college recruiters covet. The size, speed and athletic ability would fit with any program in the country, and all Robertson has to do is work his tail off to realize his potential. I expect the offers to start to pour in soon.