Cali running back high on Dawgs

In the continuing search for players that can help the Husky football team sooner rather than later, the coaching staff has been in contact with Lakewood (Ca.) RB Justin Robertson to bolster their short-yardage running game. Robertson updated about how his senior season went, how recruiting is going and his leaders up to this point.

"We lost in the first round of the playoffs to Loyola so we're done for the year," Robertson said of Lakewood's 20-16 loss. "We finished the year 8-3, but it was disappointing that it ended the way it did."

Robertson is a "jack-of-all-trades" when it comes to playing the running back position. His height and weight (5-11, 224) suggest a bruising fullback who can wear-down defenses during a contest. However, he also has enough speed (4.6) to challenge the perimeter of the defense and his hands are excellent as a receiver.

"I finished with over 1,400 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns," Robertson said. "I also had 300 yards receiving (on 25 receptions) and three touchdowns so I had a good year stats-wise."

On the recruiting front, Robertson claims offers from Arizona, Washington, Colorado and Oregon and he is garnering interest from several other teams on the west coast.

"Arizona, Colorado and Washington are recruiting me the hardest right now, so those are the schools I'm concentrating on at the moment," Robertson said noting that UCLA and Oregon State are two other schools that are putting in a lot of time as well.

"It's getting kind of late in the game for schools to start calling me a lot. I appreciate the schools who've been talking to me the longest, not just calling me at the last minute."

One school that has been calling and showing a lot of interest since June is Washington and specifically running backs coach Trent Miles.

"(Miles) talks to me the most," Robertson said. "He calls ever Tuesday. We've built that relationship and he stays in contact on a regular basis. I think it's good to build relationships with people who could be coming to your school.

"We talk about, if I come there, I'll love the environment because it's really family-like. He also said he'd love it if I could come and see it for myself. He says that they need a big running back to pound the ball. He said he really likes my aggressive running style and that I can both block and run."

Lacking a lot of depth at fullback, Robertson seems to be a perfect fit for the Huskies at this point. A player already committed to Washington, Rancho Cordova RB James Montgomery, is a player that Robertson has heard of before and he says he would love to play alongside the playmaker from northern California.

"I really want to play during my freshman year," Robertson said matter-of-factly. "I have read up on Montgomery. I've been doing my homework I guess you could say. He's a really good back and I'd like to come in and compete with him."

As far as official visits are concerned, Robertson has two scheduled. His first will be to Colorado on December 10th and to Washington on January 6th. He doesn't have a timetable on making a decision, but he plans to take as many visits as possible before he commits to a particular school.

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