While most high school juniors are enjoying the summer and preparing for the upcoming season, Jerrell Robinson is faced with the enormity of coming to terms with the loss of friends and former teammates. Just a few days following the car accident that claimed the lives of Marquette Ricks, Jordon Cleaves, Donald Beal and seriously injured Rocky Ricks, Jerrell has been left numbed by the tragedy, but feels it may have changed his priorities regarding going away to school. "I was inclined to leave home before this, but now I am unsure whether to stay home or go away." Stanford has told Jerrell that if he gets his grades up, they will offer him a scholarship. While Jerrell has yet to attend any camps this summer, he still may opt to do so before the summer is over.
"I have been flattered by all of the interest that schools are showing in me," stated Jerrell Robinson who has received three offers to date and significant interest from a number of schools. Playing at Paterson Catholic, the school that has produced Chenry Lewis, Rocky Ricks and Davon Clark, Robinson is expected to anchor the defensive line this fall. With exceptional speed for a lineman and room to grow, Robinson has received offers from Pittsburgh, Towson State and Indiana.
Although he didn't attend camp at Rutgers, Jerrell did attend a scrimmage last month and spent some time with Coach Schiano. Jerrell would consider Rutgers if offered and the appeal of staying close to home makes Rutgers, now, even more attractive. Regardless of whether Jerrell stays home or not, he is clear on what he is looking for in a program. "The most important things to me in choosing a school are academics, the facilities and the impact that I can have on a program."
What makes Jerrell intriguing to many college programs is the fact that he just recently turned 16. At 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds, it is expected that Robinson will play at the collegiate level at the 280 to 290-pound range. This is not hard to imagine considering that his Dad is 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds. What also makes Jerrell standout is his quickness and footwork, but what may ultimately set him apart is his work ethic and drive.
Jerrell who plans on majoring in business feels at this time that he will take all five official visits and make a decision sometime this winter. "I have had a number of setbacks in my life recently and I need time to sort things out." Although Jerrell currently considers Stanford and Pitt to be his two favorites, he believes that may change during the next six months.
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