When you talk about Hernando High School linebacker Deljuan Robinson immediately comes to mind because everybody has heard of him. Deljuan is one of the most highly thought of high school players in the country. In fact, he was recently named to The Sporting News' post-season national top 25 players team. However, Deljuan is not the only player on the Hernando team attracting recruiting attention.

Enter quarterback Kevin Dockery, a youngster who didn't even make The Clarion-Ledger's top 40 recruits list at the beginning of the season but made their recently announced All-State team as a second-team defensive back.

Although Kevin was not well known by most recruiting publications, or even The Clarion-Ledger, prior to this year, there is a reason for that. I'll let his teammate, Deljuan Robinson, explain. "Last year he was just a hand-it-off type quarterback because we had a good tailback last year. This year, our tailback broke his ankle the first game and we needed somebody to step up and he did it. He ran for over 2,000 years. He turned it on this year."

Kevin, who told me he is doing "pretty good" academically and took his ACT a couple of weeks ago, has seen his recruiting heat up at the end of the season. "I've talked to Marshall and Mississippi State," Kevin said.

Neither school contacted Kevin until after the current season ended. But one of them has come on strong since then.

Mississippi State, a team that always seems to find that little-known but talented athlete, has set up an official visit for Kevin. "I go to Mississippi State on the 11-13th," Kevin said when asked what schools he would visit.

A 5-9, 178-pounder with sub-4.5 speed in the forty, Kevin has a special trait that you don't find in the ordinary athlete. As Kevin told me, "I guess you could say I have a knack for making people miss me."

Deljuan Robinson, who has been a teammate of Kevin's since the seventh grade, agrees. "He is an amazing athlete. To be honest, he is not that quick but he is just a playmaker. He just makes you miss. I love the guy. He is awesome. He runs the offense and I run the defense. When we played Shannon (in the playoffs) he gave them all they could handle. We came up a little short but he put on a show."

Although he is not leaning to any school at the moment, he did say he likes the Mississippi State coach recruiting him. "(Coach Melvin Smith) is a cool guy." He also had some nice things to say about Mississippi State's football program. "They are a good team. I just like the program."

Being recruited as a defensive back by State, he did say that he wouldn't mind being recruited for the offensive side of the ball. "(I like DB), but I think I am an offensive specialist."

I have seen Kevin play. Although I'm sure he will make a very good cornerback, he is right in saying that he is an offensive specialist. The youngster, as his teammate Deljuan Robinson said, is a playmaker. He proved that to me when his exceptional elusiveness helped his team defeat Noxubee County in the playoffs.

Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page (, the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports on the internet. You can contact him by email at

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