Notre Dame sent Scott Booker, Mike Sanford and Mike Denbrock to Savannah, Ga., on Thursday for a final shot at five-star athlete Demetris Robertson. The program also sent its equipment truck, a five-axle billboard of a semi on an 1,800-mile round trip to get the athlete’s attention.
Considering Robertson tweeted out a video of the truck just past 8 a.m. this morning, it did. Robertson posted a video of the semi in Savannah Christian Prep’s parking lot.
Notre Dame is working against the volatile nature of Robertson’s recruitment, which has included two cancelled visits to Alabama, a last-minute official scheduled to Georgia Tech and now an official set for Georgia after National Signing Day. The Irish have been on the business end of that too after Robertson cancelled two summer visits to South Bend before ultimately taking his official earlier this season.
Brian Kelly made his in-home visit with Robertson on Martin Luther King Jr. Day last week.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart went in-home with Robertson earlier this week.
A week ago it appeared the Irish led, but sources around Notre Dame are aware the program must change momentum in Robertson’s recruitment to ultimately land him. However, the Irish are confident that the 6-foot-1, 180-pound athlete remains a fit, on the field and off.
Robertson has also been considering Stanford, although the Cardinal has dropped off in terms of contact.
The Irish have much to sell Robertson, although nothing should be easier than the shot at early playing time after Notre Dame lost all three of its top receivers this off-season, including deep threat Will Fuller. That means the Irish return just three receiving touchdowns at receiver (Torii Hunter Jr. – 2; Corey Robinson – 1) from last season’s roster.
If Notre Dame lands Robertson he would be the highest-ranked receiver to go Irish in the online recruiting era, trailing only Michael Floyd. That would also make him the highest-ranked wide out to sign with Notre Dame during the Kelly era.