Illinois Has Georgia Safety In Its Sights

The Fighting Illini football team is looking far and wide for top football talent. That search includes the state of Georgia, where defensive back Eric Robinson plies his trade. The Dekalb Southwest star is showing the Illini some interest.

The DeKalb Southwest High School football team enjoyed a successful season last fall. The school was one of five football teams from DeKalb County to taste playoff football and did it with a consistent offense and tremendous defense. For the season, the football team averaged 25.5 points per game on offense while giving up only 8.8 points per game."

"We went 9-4 on the season and made the playoffs," Eric Robinson explains. "We had a pretty good year. We gave up the lowest yards per game of anyone in our county. Our whole team was juniors last year so that means almost everybody is coming back. We should be good next fall and should have nothing to worry about if we take care of business."

Eric played both ways last season and definitely left his impact on the team.

"I played both as a cornerback and running back. I played pretty good I thought. I had 33 solo tackles and 58 total tackles on the season. The majority of colleges are looking at me as a safety. I'm switching to safety next year. I'm talking to Oregon a bit and they're looking at me as a corner though.

I'm a physical corner. I got speed, but I'm not a 4.4 type guy. I need to work on my speed and recognizing offensive packages."

The 6'-0", 170 pounder is drawing interest from elite football schools.

"Illinois, Arizona State, Oregon, Texas, and Georgia have shown interest. Oregon I haven't talked to in two weeks. I mainly grew up rooting for Georgia and Texas."

Although some players want to stay close to home, Eric isn't one of them.

"To be honest, I really don't want to stay close to home. I want to get out and see what's out there. I mean, Illinois is close to Chicago and that's not that far from home."

Like many football players, Eric has capitalized on his opportunities to visit colleges during the spring season.

"I took junior day visits to Tennessee and Kentucky. I'm also going to a Nike Combine on April 25th."

Until he visits, Eric will continue to learn as much about the Illini as he can over the Internet and through the mail.

"I talk to the coaches via email. I also get information through the mail. I'm very interested in the Illini."

Eric reports a 2.8 GPA. He will take the SAT on April 4th and the ACT on May 4th."

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