BEAVERTON, Ore. – Demetris Robertson rolled into The Opening on Tuesday with two leaders and another pack of schools just off that pace. That’s where Notre Dame fits into the mix for the four-star receiver from Savannah Christian Prep in Georgia.
Robertson nearly attended the Irish Invasion last month but cancelled because of the 7-on-7 national championships at IMG, which Notre Dame commitment Tony Jones Jr. also attended. Jones is also at The Opening this week.
“I’m sure they’ll be one of my officials,” Roberson said of the Irish. “I want to go somewhere where I haven’t been, but also a place that I’m thinking about going.”
Scott Booker has helped Notre Dame get a foothold in a competitive field for Robertson, a one-time Alabama commitment with a national offer list. The Crimson Tide and Cardinal make up Robertson’s top two, with Notre Dame, Ohio State, Georgia, Auburn, Florida and LSU some of the programs a cut below.
Robertson, who de-committed from the Tide in April, still has Alabama under consideration in part because of Nick Saban. The academic angles at Notre Dame and Stanford have those two programs in the mix, along with his mother, Mildred Robertson.
“She’s preaching to me to stay on my own path and do what’s right,” Robertson said. “Some of the guys I hang around, she just wants me to separate myself.”
Booker has recruited Georgia for Notre Dame since he joined Kelly’s staff, playing a part in getting Isaac Rochell out of the SEC’s backyard and keeping the Irish play for a handful of top prospects this cycle.
“Me and coach Booker, we talk a lot,” Robertson said. “Just him being a great mentor, he’s being honest with me.
“The academic side, just like Stanford, after football I can set a foundation for myself. And also in football I can go a long way. Not too many places can do that.”
Alabama appeals to Robertson on the football front.
“Alabama, just meeting the coaching staff and being their No. 1 target, they really want me back,” Robertson said. “Alabama and Stanford are my leaders, but I want to visit LSU, Ohio State and Notre Dame.”