Gerell Robinson Excels in San Antonio

Athlete Gerell Robinson of Hamilton High School (Chandler, Ariz.) emerged as one the top junior prospects in the country after his performance at the U.S. Army National Combine. Robinson is currently committed to Arizona, but he will take a look all of his options before he makes his final college decision.

Gerell Robinson (6-foot-3.5, 209 pounds) hasn't played much wide receiver, but he proved that he has the potential to be an elite Division I receiver as he earned a spot on Scout.com's All-Combine team with his performance at the U.S. Army National Combine.

"I found out a couple days ago," Robinson said of his nomination to the all-combine team. "I thought I did really well, but I didn't think I'd be one of the best at the camp. I figured if I did what I was able to do that I'd have a top spot, and sure enough I came out on top.

"I thought I caught the ball really well, because I actually just broke my pinky finger a couple weeks ago, so I wasn't sure how I'd respond to that. I just tried not to let it affect my performance. I felt comfortable out there. I felt I could do a lot of things."

What is more impressive about his performance was that Robinson hasn't really played wide receiver through his playing days.

"I haven't really played wide receiver in the past," Robinson said. "I played free safety last year and quarterback as a sophomore. I played ten games last year at safety and had ten interceptions and 72 tackles.

"My coaches are planning on having me play quarterback this year, but I think I have a bigger future at wide receiver. I'd say I'm an offensive player. I like the ball in my hands. I don't know which one I'm better at, but we'll see where I go from here."

Robinson will compete is several combines this summer in order to see which position is his best. He is also considering several college football camps.

"I think there is a Scout combine in Los Angeles that I want to go to," Robinson said "There are Nike combines in Oregon and Texas that I might go to. I'm not sure which one I'll go to, but probably the one in Texas because it's a bigger stage.

I definitely want to go to the USC and Notre Dame summer camps for sure, and possibly the Ohio State camp.

Robinson is still committed to Arizona, but with his combine performance, it is certain that other top schools will be recruiting him heavily. In addition to his scholarship offer from the University of Arizona, Gerell currently holds offers from Nebraska, Colorado and UTEP.

"That combine opened up a lot of options for me. I've rethought things and thought about other universities," he explained. "The Arizona coaches were happy that I did well at the combine, but they didn't like to hear that USC and Notre Dame were recruiting me. I appreciate them coming early in my high school career, but I need to see what else is out there for me.

"I'm going to send out more tapes, definitely to the big schools that I'd be interested in playing for. USC, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas, Alabama, and all the other big schools that I've been hearing from to see where my recruiting is going.

"I just got a letter the other day from Notre Dame talking about a junior day," Gerell said. It's starting to come a little more. I know about their storied history and the prestige of the school. My head coach actually went to Notre Dame, Steve Belles. He went there with Tony Rice. It's definitely a school I want to look at.

"My mom is actually from Gary, Indiana and that's pretty close to South Bend. I was actually born in Gary. I lived there for a couple years and then I moved to Texas. I've been in Arizona since my freshmen year."

Robinson is a three-sport athlete, but with his emergence as a Division I football prospect he has decided to dedicate himself to improving his performance on the gridiron.

"I play basketball and I've run track," he explained. "The 400 meter is my main event, but I also do some relays, high jump, triple jump and long jump.

"I just stopped playing basketball a couple days ago, because I want to concentrate on my lifting and it was taking a lot of time away from that."

Robinson has been recorded a 4.5 forty-yard dash and a 34-inch vertical jump.


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