2015 Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive lineman Zach Robertson looks to be the heir apparent to Damien Mama at left tackle for the Braves, but he says he doesn't care where he ends up playing in college.
"Some schools are recruiting me as guard," Robertson said. "Most are recruiting me as both. I'm fine playing whatever, as long as it gets me on the field."
Recruiting for that kind of guard/tackle versatility has been a staple of UCLA and Adrian Klemm's strategy since the offensive line coach arrived in Westwood. Robertson says that he's hearing quite a bit from the Bruins.
"I've been talking to Coach Klemm a lot lately," Robertson said. "He shows a lot of love to me. My relationship with Coach Klemm is definitely the big thing that stands out about UCLA."
Klemm has been on Robertson since the offensive lineman first arrived at St. John Bosco in the early part of last season. Though Robertson had to sit out the first five games of the year due to transfer rules, his reputation as a prospect preceded him.
Robertson made his way to a couple of spring practices in April, and was impressed with the way practices were run. As Josh Rosen has opined, he came away with the impression that Noel Mazzone's offense is similar to the one run by the St. John Bosco coaches, so "it was a good fit."
Alhough he has developed a relationship with Klemm and visited campus several times last month, he says that he's still very open to other schools -- at least publicly.
"I don't really want to (name favorites), but I have favorites in my head," Robertson said. "I'm pretty open right now, but I love UCLA. I love USC. I love them all."
With the offensive lineman having no public leaders at the moment, he will likely take his official visits in the fall before making a decision. As of now, the only visit he has planned is to LSU, and he isn't sure yet if he'll use official visits to visit local schools.
Robertson Going Through Process
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