Mr. Robinson has a new neighborhood - Starkville, MS. The star recruit is getting ready to report to MSU and begin his football career. The following is an update on his summer conditioning and other thoughts."> Mr. Robinson has a new neighborhood - Starkville, MS. The star recruit is getting ready to report to MSU and begin his football career. The following is an update on his summer conditioning and other thoughts.">

Deljuan Robinson Ready to Get to Starkville

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/01players/football/2003/deljuanrobinson-hernando.jpg" align="left" width="95" height="132"> Mr. Robinson has a new neighborhood - Starkville, MS. The star recruit is getting ready to report to MSU and begin his football career. The following is an update on his summer conditioning and other thoughts.

Deljuan, do you have time for a quick interview?
"Yeah, that's fine."

Have you been working hard this summer?
"Oh yeah. I have been working out at my school and everything and I have been running a little bit everyday. And I played in the Mississippi/Alabama all-star classic."

Yeah, I saw that. You looked pretty good in that game.
"Yeah, they had me playing more offense than I expected but that was OK."

Getting back to your workouts, have you had any increases in your size or speed this summer?
"Yeah, I probably put on a couple of pounds. I would say I'm at 290 or 295 or something like that."

Do you think that will be your playing weight at Mississippi State?
"Well, I believe so, unless they run it off me. (laugh)"

That's pretty good size. What position do you expect to play at State?
"I expect to play defensive end or maybe defensive tackle. I played LB in HS but since the weight increase, they'll probably move me down (to d-line). It doesn't matter to me."

Are you excited about playing DT or DE instead of LB?
"I can do it. I would rather play D-end though."

When do you plan to report to State?
"Next week sometime (the week of July 1-5)."

I guess you will be there for the second summer term. Are you familiar with Coach Grant's workouts?
"Not really. But (the hard work) is just part of the game. Anything new, I'm up to the challenge."

What do you expect from this coming season at State?
"I'll probably redshirt. I mean if they need me, I'll play, but most likely I believe I'm going to redshirt. They haven't told me that, but that's just my point of view."

Do you mind redshirting?
"No. It's not a big deal to me."

What do you predict for the team this year?
"I think they're coming off a disappointing season and I think its going to be a motivational tool to help them win ballgames. I think it's going be a good year."

What do you bench and squat now?
"I haven't lifted since the all-star game, but the last time I lifted I probably was benching 350 and squatting maybe 550. But I haven't been doing much because I hurt my wrist in the all-star game. It's going to be OK but it's a little sore - real sore sometimes. It was a bad sprain, they said."

OK, about the all-star game, what happened to the Mississippi team?
"Well, I believe that we had good players, but I really think we got outcoached. It's no doubt we had the athletes to play but I think we got outcoached."

I would agree with that. One more question, what about your friend Kevin Dockery?
"To me, he is a good football player, a great athlete. He is a little small but that doesn't mean you can't play. He will probably play corner but I think they should give him a shot a offense because he is a good athlete. But whatever, he can play it all."

Well, I don't want to take anymore of your time - thanks for the interview and we wish you a great career at Miss. State.
"Thank you."

[Since this interview, which was conducted about a week ago, Deljuan has learned that he will require open heart surgery to correct a leaking heart valve.-Gene]


Brent Bozeman is a correspondent for Gene's Page. He can be reached by email at bozeman@telepak.net .

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