Dominique Robertson's decision to come to Texas Tech was due to a melting pot of positive factors: the environment, the program, Kliff Kingsbury, and the jerseys (to name a few).
Speaking with the former Riverside Community College offensive lineman this week, he praised the Red Raiders for their willingness to "take a chance on us [junior college players]", as well as his love for pass blocking and the high-powered offense run by Kliff Kingsbury.
The offensive line for Texas Tech receives a much-needed boost this fall, as Robertson and fellow juco lineman Shaquille Davis – a fellow Californian – will face the daunting task of protecting quarterback Davis Webb, possibly the most important player on the field this coming season.
The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Robertson, who starred at offensive tackle for Riverside, has previously stated that the presence of his special teams coordinator, Darrin Chiaverini, did not play a part in his decision to line up in scarlet and black. But it certainly didn't hurt.
"He [Chiaverini] was recruiting me out of high school," Robertson said. "I got in the program, I worked my butt off, and what he told me really paid off. He was a really big influence on me, helped me become a better player, taught me the game and taking school more seriously…and that I have a future in this.
"Coach Chia, he's a good dude."
As one of several junior college players counted on to make an immediate impact, Robertson will have the opportunity to stand out as the summer session nears and his fellow teammates converge in Lubbock.
"I like the offense Coach Kingsbury runs," Robertson said. "We've run it in high school and in junior college." He mentioned his enthusiasm for the program as seen from his prior visits there, and notes that he brings intensity, speed, and skill to the offensive line.
The Red Raiders' 2014 recruiting class is gearing up to land on campus in June. Robertson will be among them. And clearly, he will be prepared to go to work.
Robertson Ready to Go to Work
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