Talented athlete talks recruiting

Gerell Robinson (6-4,225,4.6) from Chandler, AZ, attended this year's Army All-American National Combine in early January and even though he had not played the position, he worked out with the wide receivers. It was apparent, after watching him for five minutes, that he should be one of the most highly sought prospects in the 2008 recruiting class

The noteworthyqualities he possesses were his great size and hands, and the ability to gain separation. Those aren't the only qualities needed in becoming an elite wide receiver, but it's a nice foundation to build on.

Although Robinson will be the quarterback and play safety at Hamilton High this season, it won't be a surprise if he's a five-star rated wide receiver prospect when the 2008 class rankings come out.

Last season, Robinson was strictly a defensive back and this year he'll remain in the secondary, and also quarterback his team. The question is, for which position are college coaches recruiting him?

"It really depends on the school for the position I'm being recruited for," Robinson said. "Some schools are recruiting me as a quarterback and defensive back, and a lot of schools as a receiver. The USC coach said the fact I can play multiple positions is what they like the most about me. He said, ‘We're not just offering a scholarship, we're gaining a tremendous athlete.' His comments gave me a lot of confidence."

Back in January and early February, college coaches we're wrapping up their 2007 recruiting classes and visiting some of their top 2008 targets at the same time. Robinson said there were quite a few coaches who stopped by Hamilton High during that period.

"I would say we had at least 10 coaches stop by our school. USC stopped by and that made me feel pretty good. Nick Holt came to the school before visiting Everson Griffen and Kris O'Dowd. Oregon, Oregon State, Cal, ASU, Arizona, Colorado, Colorado State and UCLA also stopped by. I met with Coach (Karl) Dorrell. He came by to see Glenn (Love) and I was at his house--so I got to meet those guys. What's interesting about Robinson is that none of his top schools have offered. "My top three schools are USC, Notre Dame and Ohio State," Robinson said.

When WeAreSC's Brian Matthews interviewed him at the Army National Combine in January, Robinson said, "With what Pete Carroll has done over the last few years, turning out pro athletes and everything they've accomplished. I also like the way they use their big wide receivers. That's something I've always kept an eye on.

With the Junior Day season in full throttle, Robinson was asked if he had plans to attend any.

"I'll definitely attend USC's Junior Day because they seem really interested, and I‘m really interested in USC," Robinson said. "I might attend the one at Notre Dame, but I'm still trying to figure out if I can make that one. I might attend Nebraska's Junior Day, as well."

Robinson also said he'll attend USC's Rising Seniors camp and Scout.com's All-American Combine in Los Angeles on April 29 (Home Depot Center).


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