Robinson's On USC's Radar

Last year USC didn't offer many wide receivers and all but one of those who did receive offers, were out-of-state prospects. USC currently has verbal commitments from local wide receievrs D.J. Shoemate and Chris Polk, but the trend of offering out-of-state receivers continues with the 2008 class.

USC has offered Deion Walker (6-3, 185, 4.45) from Christchurch, VA, Darryl Stonum (6-1, 180, 4.4) from Dulles High, TX and Brice Butler (6-2.5, 190, 4.4) from Norcross, GA. Gerell Robinson (6-3, 210, 4.6) from Chandler, AZ, is another wide receiver target for the Trojans.

Robinson expressed high interest in USC early on in the recruiting process, but he hadn't had any contact with the Trojans for a few months. He wondered if USC had lost interest, until Pete Carroll and Nick Holt visited Hamilton last week.

Although he's a bit disappointed USC hasn't offered, while other top schools have, Robinson understands why and doesn't have a problem with it.

"I feel not getting an offer (USC) is kind of a slap in the face, to be honest with you," Robinson said "But USC is a powerhouse program. They get four and five star players every year and they always win. So obviously they have a lot to offer.

"I've never played wide receiver in my high school career, so I don't have any problems going to USC‘s camp to earn a scholarship. They see me being a big fit in their program, especially with the receivers. They said I've got the right build and frame for that, and they want me to come out to the camp to see what I can do first hand. They also said if receiver didn't work out, they want me to play safety for them."

Robinson said there's been several schools besides USC that have visited Hamilton since the evaluation period began. "USC, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Oregon, Oregon State, Georgia Tech, BYU, Utah, Arizona State, Arizona and Notre Dame have visited." Robinson said. "Notre Dame said they wanted me either as a safety or, if I could bulk up, defensive end. That surprised me."

Florida is one of the most recent schools to offer Robinson and he's spent considerable time communicating the Gator staff.

"I talk to the Florida coaches quite often," Robinson said. "I just talked to Coach (Dan) Mullen (offensive coordinator) in person when he came to our school, and I've been exchanging text messages, and talking to him on the phone quite a bit. And Urban Meyer is someone I've known about since he took Utah to the Fiesta Bowl and beat Pittsburgh. So, obviously he knows how to win."

We asked Robinson if there were a few schools, other than Arizona (soft-verbal), that stood out more than others.

"I like Florida a lot, I really do," Robinson said. "I also like Oregon a lot and talk to Coach (Mike) Bellotti a lot over the phone. He's a good guy. Minnesota is coming at me pretty hard, so is Illinois and Georgia Tech.

Mike Stoops hired Sonny Dykes as his new offensive coordinator after the 2006 season. Dykes was previously the offensive coordinator at Texas Tech and Red Raiders had one of the most prolific offenses in the country. Robinson said he‘s excited about the addition of Dykes to the Arizona staff and added, "Especially with the spread offense. I went up to a practice and it seemed like every time the ball was snapped, someone was open. That helps create running lanes for me. I met Coach (Sonny) Dykes that day and he seems like a real nice guy. I like him a lot. I like where the program is going with him, so hopefully it will be a good year."

Robinson is being recruited mainly as a quarterback and wide receiver, with safety being a fallback position.

"I'm kind of undecided about playing quarterback or wide receiver in college," Robinson said. "I'm going to base my decision on how I do this season and see which position is more natural for me. Half of the schools are looking at me as a quarterback and half as a wide receiver. So, I figure if I was to go to a school as a quarterback and it didn't work out, I'd fall off and play wide receiver or even safety. I don't have a problem with that."

Back in early January, Robinson attended the Army National Combine in San Antonio. After evaluating him for a few hours,'s Randy Taylor commented, "He looks like he could be a five-star wide receiver."'s early rankings have Robinson listed as a four-star wide receiver prospect, but Robinson will attend camps and combines this summer to showcase his skills.

He was scheduled to attend the April 29 All-American Combine at the Home Depot Center, but skipped the combine because of an injury.

"I hurt my knee the week before the combine playing basketball, so I had to lay off that one," Robinson said. "I wasn't able to test out or do anything else, so I figured I'd just stay home."

Robinson sent a text to WeAreSC a few weeks ago asking for the Rising Seniors Camp dates, and he confirmed he would attend the June 21-22 camp. "You can mark me down for that one for sure," Robinson said.

He also has plans for a few other camps this summer, including a possible trip to Gainesville.

"I'm going to the B2G Camp at Cal Lutheran and probably a couple of one-day camps," Robinson said. "I'll probably go the LSU camp, for sure. Then I'll possibly take an unofficial visit to Florida, or attend its one-day camp." Top Stories