Junior to Watch: Darrell Robertson
School: Jonesboro, Ga.
Position: Weakside Defensive End/Tight End
Size and speed: Robertson is 6-foot-5, weighs 215 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds.
Statistics: As a junior, he recorded 77 tackles, 12 sacks and two forced fumbles. In the last two years, he’s tallied 20 sacks.
Honors: Was selected all-region as a sophomore and junior.
Favorite Schools: Georgia, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Kentucky.
Skinny: When college coaches scout prospective athletes, future physical attributes are almost as important as current ones.
Such is the case for one of the Peach State’s top defensive ends.
At first glance, Jonesboro’s Darrell Robertson (6-5, 215, 4.5) is lean to play up front, but his coach sees a potential gem.
“He’s going to start next year around 220 and by the time he gets into a real good college strength program, I could see him at 250 pounds or so without losing much of that speed and explosiveness that makes him so good right now,” said Jonesboro coach Tommy Webb. “I think he’s got a lot of upside, unlimited potential.”
Robertson had a strong junior season which saw him record 77 tackles and a team-high 12 sacks. His pass-rushing ability is the first thing that grabs scouts’ attention.
“He’s got a great motor. He’s such a competitor,” Webb said. “He gets around the corner and puts a lot of pressure on the quarterback, disrupts things in the backfield.”
In addition to his on-field accomplishments, Robertson is a 3.9 student who figures to easily qualify.
“He’s a quality young man who comes from a family that really stresses education,” Webb said. “He’s got a brother playing at Colgate right now.”
According to Webb, Robertson has received letters from “every school in the SEC and ACC” as well as Notre Dame.
Any early favorites?
“He plays it close to the vest,” Webb said. “I don’t think he’s got a specific list right now, but Georgia Tech and Kentucky have shown a whole lot of interest. Kentucky is real high on him. I think they’re pretty close to offering him.
“Wherever he goes, I think football and academics will factor into it equally. He talks about engineering as a field he may want to go into.”