SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Sorry, Kirby Smart. Too bad, Nick Saban. David Shaw and Stanford also have some competition.
There’s someone else doing a better job of recruiting 5-star athlete Demetris Robertson right now than the head coach at each of his top schools. Smart and UGA are contenders. The Crimson Tide and Saban are definitely in the mix. Robertson said earlier this week he feels Shaw and Stanford are still his top school at this time.
They will all have to try to keep pace with some guy named Eason. That’s Jacob Eason. The 5-star UGA signee is currently rated as the nation’s No. 1 quarterback.
“Jacob and I are talking a lot lately,” Robertson said. “I talk a lot to Julian Rochester as well, but Jacob is recruiting me very well right now to join him at Georgia.”
Eason’s firing it in there. Robertson said that the UGA early enrollee is recruiting him as hard and as well as any coach right now.
“He just tells me that we should both come to Georgia and we can ball together,” Robertson said. “He said I can be his No. 1 target and stuff like that.”
The 6-foot, 175-pounder gave an honest answer of whether the camaraderie of playing alongside his potential future teammates at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl could be a factor in his decision.
Some recruits downplay that. They state they have to find the fit that’s best for them regardless of who they will play with.
Robertson chooses to see that as another big piece in how he will fit into a campus culture.
“It influences me a lot,” Robertson said. “Just being around them and trying to see how they are. It is not just about going to the college and being around the coaches. You have to be around those guys. Your teammates. I really know those guys well and that’s a big thing. Getting to know all those guys is a big step for me as well.”
If the Savannah Christian standout was to sign with UGA, the roles that at least four future teammates on the East roster might have played a big part. UGA is also a finalist for another four Army All-Americans who are playing with Roberston this week.
Jeff Sentell covers UGA football and UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.