Defensive Linemen are the Key

The quality of defensive linemen on a squad can go a long way toward masking any deficiencies at other positions on a team's defense. Conversely, having the best players at other positions will do very little to mask a less superior defensive line. The Rebels signed some quality freshmen linemen in the Class of 2001. However, the pursuit never ends as quality big men must be brought in every year.

Deljuan Robinson, a 6-foot-4, 260-pounder, from Hernando, Mississippi, ranks as one of the top defensive linemen in the Southeast. Robinson runs well enough that he plays linebacker on the prep level. He will most likely project as a defensive end with the frame to grow into a tackle on the college level.

Through six games, Robinson has led his team to a 6-0 record. He has already recorded 56 tackles, four sacks, and two fumbles caused for the season. His efforts have garnered him an impressive list of scholarship offers.

"Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee, LSU, and Kentucky have all offered me," said Robinson. "I'm looking for somewhere close to home and they are all close."

Robinson attended summer football camp at both Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Additionally, he attended the Ole Miss/Murray State game as an unofficial visitor and he is considering a return trip for the Ole Miss/Alabama game this weekend. Most insiders expect Robinson to choose either the Bulldogs or the Rebels but he isn't tipping his hand at this point in the process.

"I just want to go somewhere where they'll treat me right," said Robinson.

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