Video Breakdown DB Justin Guy-Robinson
COMMITTED TO SMU OVER: East Carolina and Army
SIDE NOTE: Guy-Robinson is an avid dancer
AUDIBLE: “A week after getting the offer and talking to (the coaches) day in and day out, they really intrigued me and immediately I wanted to be a part of the family.”
How Guy-Robinson fits
While a little undersized, Guy-Robinson is sure to be one of the faster players on SMU’s roster next season. At the Nike Opening Houston regional last year, Guy-Robinson ran a 4.45 40-yard dash and was able to keep up with receivers throughout the camp. Along the same lines as Eric Sutton last year, there are some coverage things Guy-Robinson will have to improve on, but speed will be one of his biggest assets. It is a deep secondary and Guy-Robinson will be given some time to develop.
What Guy-Robinson brings
With Guy-Robinson’s speed, he could very well be a dynamic returner down the road. Despite his size, the Pearland cornerback showed the ability last year to break tackles in the kick return game and break away from defenses. On defense, Guy-Robinson will provide some speed at the cornerback position and does a nice job breaking on the ball in coverage. He tends to play a little soft in coverage, but that will be something the staff can fix early on. Guy-Robinson also needs to improve getting off blocks in the run game, but this will also be something he gets better at the stronger he gets.
Expectations for freshman year
Given his speed, Guy-Robinson could contribute on special teams, but he’s going to have to get a little stronger before contributing on the outside. Given SMU’s depth at the corner position, it’s very possible SMU will redshirt him.
Career expectations for Guy-Robinson
For Guy-Robinson being able to be a top corner on SMU’s defense down the road, he will need to get stronger and improve his technique in man coverage. It's OK if that takes a couple seasons. That said, his impact can certainly be felt on special teams in both the return game and his knack for blocking kicks and punts. Guy-Robinson can become a solid as he grows at SMU, but his biggest impact may be on special teams initially.