Today's athletes are getting larger, faster, and stronger plain and simple. It seems every year analysts are using the term "freak athlete" more and more. This season patrolling the field for Lake Marion High School was freshman Davondre Robinson. The 2017 prospect known as "Tank" started at safety and quarterback for the Gators. More freshmen are not only playing varsity these days but a select few are starting and excelling in today's game. Add Robinson to that latter group and that's why he's "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com.
Robinson checks in at a very unfreshman-like 6'2 210 pounds. Combine the size with the strength and athleticism of arguably select top tier seniors or college freshman and what you have is a 15 year old man child. We talked with Robinson recently to talk about his freshman season and where he wants to take his game in the next three season.
"I start at both strong safety and quarterback for my school. I had 72 tackles, 3 interceptions, one interception returned for a touchdown, and a fumble recovery. Offensively I had 566 passing yards and 12 touchdowns. I also rushed for 339 yards and 3 touchdowns," Robinson said.
His efforts haven't gone unnoticed either. A trio of schools visited Lake Marion this week alone and took notice of the standout freshman. All three made sure to let the coaching staff they were highly interested in the 2017 prospect.
So what makes the 2017 such a prospect already as a safety?
"I'd say my biggest strengths right now are breaking on the ball and making a big hit!"
Robinson says he'll work on all aspects of his game and skills this off season but he'll focus on his quick turn and footwork.
"I wanna become more focused and work harder in the weight room. There's always room for improvement and in order to win state it's something I must do to help my team. There's always time to work on getting better."
We asked Robinson if there was one NFL player he tries to pattern his game after and we had a strong suspicion of who he'd respond with.
The nickname "Tank" is apropos considering some of the heavy hits Robinson delivers on the field. One view of his film and you'll understand clearly why he's got the nickname.
Being so young and having already drawn early interest from some colleges early on we asked the 2017 prospect if there are any other schools in particular he'd like to hear more from soon.
"Right now I just would like to hear from as many schools as I can. I didn't have any favorites coming up I watch them all and like them all."
A humble young prospect Robinson shared a statement with us in closing.
"God has blessed me with the talent and I don't want it to go to waste."
Given his measurables, stats, and numbers in the weight room already we anticipate Robinson's recruitment to go to a national level if he continues to make big plays and grow as a player. Right now he's our early favorite as the state's #1 overall prospect in the 2017 class and we'll have more updates with "Tank" as more schools will undoubtedly start to take notice of his talents on the football field.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...DAVONDRE ROBINSON
Bench press: 275 pounds
Squat: 405 pounds
Power clean: 225 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.5 seconds