2006: Justin Robertson

The 5-11, 225-pound running back from Lakewood (Calif.) High, <b>Justin Robertson</b>, is getting early recruiting attention after a very good junior year, and he list five schools, in order of preference...

Last year, when Lakewood (Calif.) High was mentioned, thoughts immediately turned to their senior linebacker duo of Luther Brown and Adrian McCovy. Come this September, the focus could shift back to offense with the emergence of junior running back Justin Robertson (5-11, 225).

"Last year it was about Adrian and Luther, but my coach told me that this year we will be more offense-focused," said Robertson.

Robertson has begun to hear from several college suitors, and has already put together a top five list. "In order, my favorites are UCLA, Cal, Alabama, Oregon and USC," said Robertson. "UCLA is my favorite school. Shannon Tevaga is my cousin and he says it's a beautiful campus and that I would like Coach (Eric) Bieniemy and Coach (Karl) Dorrell."

Tevaga's younger brother Sonny is also a highly regarded offensive line prospect and Robertson and he talk about going to college together. "Sonny says he wants to block for me in college. We played together at La Mirada my freshman year, then we moved out here to Lakewood. But we talk all the time."

Alabama is the lone school outside of the Pac-10 he is consistently hearing from. "Alabama sent me my first letter and they've been writing me a lot."

A powerful running back, Robertson said he could play fullback at the next level, a position he played growing up. "I played fullback all through Pop Warner so it wouldn't be new to me."

Robertson is planning on attending UCLA's 4-Day Camp this summer, as well as the Nike Camp in Los Angeles and the Sparq Camp at Long Beach City College.

He originally was being recruited to UCLA by defensive line coach Don Johnson, who has since left.

Robertson attended the Scout Combine in San Antonio last month, and felt he performed well there. "It was a great experience for me. I benched 185 a total of 22 times, and I jumped 30 inches in the vertical," said Robertson.

With no offers yet, Robertson said he is in no hurry to make a decision, though a UCLA offer could change that. However, he said he will most likely take some official visits. "My family wants me to stay close to home. It's convenient to stay out here for me and my family."

Academically, he sports a 2.7 GPA and will take his SAT on March 12.

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