Robertson on the rise at Longview

Playing on the Longview Lobos football team for a young player can be a tough chore. With a wealth of talent on a yearly basis and a history of playing sophomores on junior varsity many times, excelling as a young player isn't a given. While receiver LaDarrin Robertson hasn't piled up the stats on Friday nights that other 2011 prospects have, the 6-3, 203-pounder has made his mark for the Lobos.

Playing on a running team with two D-I caliber tailbacks, a D-1 caliber QB/Ath and a more experienced D-1 prospect at receiver, LaDarrin Robertson was called up to be a blocker at both receiver and some minimal time at H-back in 2008 as well as cover punts.

Robertson excelled as a blocker all season and by playoff time, received more opportunities in the passing game catching six passes for 68 yards and rushing once for 29 yards in six games.

This spring, Robertson appears to be coming of age and is making more plays in the passing game along with being an advanced and physical blocker on the perimeter. The drive to improve for Robertson and his Longview teammates stems from a 48-23 defeat by Lake Travis in the state title game.

"We always work hard here 24/7," Robertson said. "I know we lost state and that stings. We feel like we are going to do it again and get that "W" this time around. I'm working on my speed. I feel good about my route running and blocking."

Robertson has a leg up on many other receivers from a technical standpoint being the cousin of former Longview, Oklahoma and current Washington Redskins receiver Malcolm Kelly.

"We are close. We talk a lot he helps me with the position," Kelly said.

Kelly also gives advice to the strong-bodied sophomore in regards to the recruiting process, but not centered on choosing a school.

"I like Oklahoma, Texas, LSU, A&M, Cal and USC the most. Malcolm always tells me to keep my grades up more than anything. He tells me to stay focused on school first to put myself in a good position," Robertson said.

Robertson was recently invited to the Texas Longhorns spring game, but opted for the Nike Combine. With summer camps around the corner in June, the Longhorns as well as the Sooners will get a chance to play host to the receiver that will likely project to a split/flex tight end at the next level.

"I had a chance to go to Texas for their spring game, but I went to the Nike Combine to test myself. It was a good experience. I was the youngest one at the camp and they put me up with all of the seniors. This summer I will go to the Oklahoma camp and probably some more like Texas," Kelly said.

Robertson, who runs 4.7, is joined by 6-5, 285-pound RG C.J. Greene and 5-10.5, 175-pound safety Lovorius Brown as standouts in the 2011 class for Longview that will likely produce four or five D-1 players in time.

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