The Sunshine State is absolutely loaded next season and one of the most exciting prospects in the Class of 2010 will be Nickell Robey from Frostproof (Fla.) High School. Robey can flat out do it all. He's an exciting gamebreaker that reminds many of Noel Devine. However, this playmaker will likely end up on the defensive side of the ball.
"I have coached for 18 years and he's the best I have had," Frostproof head coach Brad Metheny said. "Nickell just has great ball skills. He actually reminds me of Willie Mays when the ball is in the air because he adjusts so well. He has great hips as well. He camped this past summer at FSU and they said he was the best corner there."
Robey, only 5-8 and 165 pounds, is a little dynamo. He runs in the low 4.4s, has a 45'11" triple jump and 23'9" long jump. He also runs a 10.7 100 meters and as a freshman finished second in the state in the long jump. Robey also carries a 3.3 grade point average.
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Robey is a star in all three phases of the game. In addition to cornerback he also plays in the slot and is a terrific punt returner. This season he is averaging 18 yards every time he touches the ball.
"I think I am having a good junior season," Robey said. "I think it's mainly because of being more experienced and feeling more comfortable out there on the field. I am always working on making things better but I do realize much of it is just playing on instincts. I go out and use what I have.
"I want to play cornerback at the next level even though I do like the ball in my hands. I love to come up with the big play and the big hit. People think I have trouble with the bigger receiver because of my size but that's not the case. That's why you learn and play with technique. I am also strong for my size and I can jam you at the line of scrimmage."
At this time Robey has one offer and that's from Florida. But this is just the beginning. Before it's all said and done he will have plenty of college options.
"I was shocked when they offered me. It was another big event in my life and I was very surprised. I realize that so many don't get that chance so I realize just how lucky I am and I know I need to be humble and keep working hard.
"I like Florida and I like all that speed and talent that they have. I also like their defensive scheme. I watch their games and I like the fact that the coaches put the players in position to make big plays.
"I also really like Virginia Tech and LSU. Both schools have great schemes that play a lot of man-to-man. They like to get in your face and play ball. I really like that."
So do Florida, Virginia Tech and LSU have the edge at this time?
"It's so early for me and I am honestly looking at everyone. I mean I would say those three teams would be in my top tier. But honestly, I like everyone and I have plenty of time to decide."
Robey most recently attended the LSU/Florida game in Gainesville. This weekend he will travel to UCF when they take on East Carolina.
Frostproof is 7-1 this season and ranked No. 5 in 2B.