Little guy, big hitter

The last name is pronounced thir-EASY, but he hits HARD. In fact, when he pops, the ball often drops.

Robenson Therezie packs just 185 pounds on a 5-foot-10 frame but the rugged defensive back from Jackson High School of Miami, Fla., says his 81 tackles last season resulted in nine forced fumbles. For those keeping score at home, that's one fumble for every nine times he belted a ball-carrier.

"I have a lot of speed and I like tackling," he told, adding that his knack for causing fumbles can be traced to "me getting in the right position and stripping the ball, as well."

Therezie's knack for hitting makes him ideal for a safety position but his 4.39 speed and flexible hips make him well suited for cornerback, too. He plays both in high school.

"My favorite is safety," he said. "It's a strength for me."

His coverage skills are a strength, too, however. He intercepted three passes last fall, returning two for touchdowns. That helped him earn first-team All-Dade County and second-team all-state recognition in Class 3A.

Currently tabbed a 3-star prospect by, Therezie is rated America's No. 23 cornerback prospect. He's dangerous on offense, too, having recorded 279 yards rushing and 239 more receiving last season.

Therezie estimates that he's gotten close to 20 scholarship offers to date, specifically mentioning Alabama, Tennessee, Louisville, Florida, Ole Miss, North Carolina, South Carolina, Miami and Central Florida.

He believes he has settled on three of his five official visits, and the Big Orange apparently has made the cut.

"I have to pick a top five this summer," he said. "I got three - Alabama, Tennessee and Florida. "

The fact all three schools are members of the Southeastern Conference suggests he's a fan of SEC football.

"Yes sir," he said. "There's a lot of competition. I like that."

Therezie is being recruited by Charlie Baggett, UT's assistant head coach and receivers coach. Head man Derek Dooley called to touch base, as well.

"I spoke with him once," Therezie said. "I was just getting to know him, building a relationship."

Asked to describe his game, the hard-hitting defensive back replied, "Pretty intense, aggressive, smooth."

No doubt the guys he made cough up those nine fumbles last fall would agree with the "intense, aggressive" part.

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