LUBBOCK, Texas — LaDarrin Robertson is considered a gifted athlete.
No one around him appears to question that he has the ability to play on the field.
For the third time in four years he's changing his position at Class 5A Longview, who moved up in classification after falling in the Class 4A championship game to Lake Travis.
He's going back to playing quarterback this season – a position he played as a freshman on the junior varsity squad.
"He's got the ability to lead this team and make things happen with this offense," Longview head coach John King said. "The only question will be his decision making. That will come along and be just as smooth as his athletic ability once he continues to get more reps."
Robertson recently committed to Texas Tech on Wednesday, becoming the 16th commitment in Tommy Tuberville's 2011 class — which now ranks 15th overall in the latest Scout.com rankings.
And Robertson, known as "Peter" – a nickname given to him by his grandma, is expecting to play a different position once again when he arrives at Tech next fall.
"It really doesn't mater to me," he said. "I just want to play. … I went up there to camp over the summer and got to meet the coaches and was really impressed with everything. I like Lubbock. I like that the whole community surrounds the university there."
Robertson said he also took a liking to Tech defensive coordinator James Willis and defensive line coach Sam McElroy, who recruited Robertson. Maybe it also says a lot about why he would like the chance to serve on the new Tech defense as a hard hitting free safety.
"They feel like I can fit in well on either side of the ball there," he said. "I think that's just a compliment that they think I can handle playing receiver or playing free safety."
King noted the size of Robertson, standing at 6-foot-3 and now weighing between 212 and 215 pounds – up almost 10 pounds from last season. That may be one of the key factors along with his natural ability in why he can be recruited as an athlete and not for just one position.
"He's going to be a helluva player no matter where he is and no matter what position he is at," King said. "He's the kind of guy who likes to have fun in the locker room and joke around. All the players like him. And when he steps on the field, he gets their attention. He'll be a solid player."