Coach Speak: Robertson's a 'neck jammer'

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If there's a part of the Volunteer State that's picking up the slack in terms of churning out FBS talent it's the mid-state, most specifically Greater Nashville.

A player that fell under the radar due to an early verbal commitment to Vanderbilt back in June 2012 was Jashon Robertson. However, with coaching changes with the Commodores, the Scout three-star prospect opened up his recruitment and quickly flipped to Tennessee, going public with a declaration on Wednesday evening.

So, what kind of prospect are the Volunteers getting with the Montgomery Bell Academy lineman? InsideTennessee asked his prep coach, Marty Euverard.

"He's a great kid, very humble all throughout his recruiting process, " Euverard told IT. "He's just been a team player and a leader. He's not afraid to work.

"He's got a great personality and a big smile. He was the captain of our football team. He was a strong leader for us and makes great grades. Just an awesome young man and very proud to coach him."

Competing in the trenches in TSSAA Division II Class AA is no picnic. Playing on both the offensive and defensive lines in that classification is even tougher. Robertson did so without batting an eye.

"It's hard to play — especially now days with the speed of the game — both ways with all the heat and the cold, but he did a great job for us," Euverard said of Robertson. "He never really wanted to come off the field. He was a force on both sides of the ball. We were just fortunate to have somebody of his talent and character that could play for us. He was a great representation for MBA. We're really proud of him."

While it's a good problem to have, the coaching staff at Tennessee must figure out which side of the ball to assign Robertson. The feeling is the Scout three-star winds up at defensive tackle.

"I think so. Those guys will figure it out I'm sure, but I think he's an inside player on D-line," Euverard said.

"I think he can do whatever he sets his mind to he's that kind of kid. He'll do whatever is asked of him, too. That's the thing about it. Whatever a coach wants him to do, he's going to do it. He's hard to move now. We call him a neck jammer — you hit him you're going to jam your neck. He can clog up the whole, but he's also very quick. He's got great hand speed, great agility."

Euverard says Robertson is one of the few players to ever start all four years at MBA. The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder currently bench presses over 400 pounds, squats upwards of 500 and is a state champion wrestler.

"He's going to work his tail off and do whatever he's asked to do by the coaching staff," Euverard said. "He's very coachable. It didn't faze him at all just because he is this big-time recruit. He just wants to do whatever is asked him to help his football team win."

As a senior, Robertson amassed 74 tackles with 14 tackles for loss, four sacks and five pass breakups. In 2012, he tallied 55 tackles, three sacks and three forced fumbles.

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the Scout team July 2011.
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