The first thing most people notice about Greenwood wide receiver Spearman Robinson is his size. At 6'4 195 pounds, Robinson is the real deal in a day and age where size often comes as a premium on the college level.
For the past two seasons Robinson has been one of the Eagles' top passing targets. The Eagles relied heavily on a smashmouth style running game this past season but Robinson still put up some impressive numbers as a junior.
"This year I had 33 catches for 623 yards and 5 touchdowns," Robinson told SCPrepNation.com.
Prior to his junior season Robinson said he worked hard during the offseason in order to try and make an impact for his team this past season.
"I really improved my speed and confidence since the end of my sophomore season. Coming into my junior year, I knew that I would have to have the confidence to go out and make plays in order for our team to be championship contenders."
Robinson and the Eagles had a tremendous season finishing at 13-2 before bowing out in the playoffs to eventual AAAA Division 2 state champions Northwestern. The Eagles only other loss came at the hands of perennial powerhouse Dorman in a closely contested 35-28 loss.
Looking back on his junior season one game in particular stood out to Robinson as his best of the year.
"The Boiling Springs game. I had 6 catches for 102 yards. I think what made this game such a good one for me was because I was clicking on all cylinders. I was blocking great, catching passes, and just doing what was asked of me by my coaches."
Robinson said that T.L. Hanna was arguably the toughest matchup that he saw last season and one of their cornerbacks gave him the toughest individual battle all season.
"T.L. Hanna was tough. Their size was outrageous. Their front seven was huge!"
"Glen Hilliard, number twenty one from Hanna was the toughest guy I faced all season. He is the type of corner that is just physical and loves to play football."
A number of schools have already been recruiting Robinson and he shared the list of schools that he's currently hearing from.
"I'm hearing from Alabama, Auburn, UCLA, Georgia, Kentucky, Clemson, Illinois, South Carolina, Miami, Georgia Tech, LSU, and Oregon. Out of those schools I'd say that Auburn, Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Georgia are recruiting me the hardest right now."
Robinson has already visited a couple of regional schools and he shared his thoughts and experiences briefly with us about those visits.
"I had a chance to go down to Georgia over the summer and I really enjoyed myself. They have a positive atmosphere and a great receivers coach. I spent most of the college football season at Clemson. Coach Scott(receivers coach) and I spent a lot of time talking while I was there. Clemson fans are the best and they know how to tailgate! South Carolina is a great college as well. I had a chance to go down on a school trip for their academics too."
Robinson says he plans on camping with Alabama, Clemson, and South Carolina this offseason. He also shared with us what aspects he'll work on heavily to improve his stock once again this offseason.
"Really everything. My speed, route running, beating my man off the line of scrimmage, and most importantly, blocking."
Robinson says things are wide open right now but if he had to name a top 5 currently they would be Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida in no particular order. He says he'll be looking at education, conference strength, how a program uses their receivers, and the overall atmosphere of a school when deciding on a college.
Stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com for more updates with Spearman Robinson and other top prospects here in the Palmetto State.
Inside The Numbers...SPEARMAN ROBINSON
Bench press: 250 pounds
Squat: 325 pounds
Power clean: 240 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.5 seconds
Vertical: 34.5 inches