Demetris Robertson is set to make his college decision on Sunday in Atlanta. The nation’s top unsigned prospect for the Class of 2016 can also carry a headline due to his lofty position rating.
The senior at Savannah Christian (Savannah, Ga.) is rated as the nation’s No. 1 receiver for the Class of 2016. If he commits, that would give UGA a Top 5 class from Kirby Smart’s first recruiting cycle despite a very late start in December and divided attention to Alabama until the second week of January.
The addition of Robertson would also bump up UGA’s haul of five-star prospects for this year’s signing class to four. That would be the most in the nation at one school for 2016.
Where will he sign? The main contenders are seen as UGA, Cal, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech. Alabama and Stanford will also likely have hats on the table at the College Football Hall of Fame on Sunday.
DawgNation has projected him to commit to UGA since January. Why? Let’s click off the main reasons in order of impact.
Family: This is the most important aspect because most of Robertson’s family live in the Atlanta area. There’s also the presence of his twin sister Shanetris. She ran track at Dawson Street Christian in LaGrange. There’s the opportunity for her to go to UGA, run track and be on the Hope Scholarship. The twins would then be able to go to school together.
That same opportunity would not be available to her if Demetris chose to enroll at Alabama, Cal, Notre Dame or Stanford. Georgia Tech would also draw heavy consideration in this area.
It is also worth noting that Robertson made UGA one of his official visits. When he did, his mother and twin sister accompanied him, along with the rest of his family. That was the only official visit where both his mother and sister joined him.
Academics: It is no secret that football is the least important part of Robertson’s decision. When he told DawgNation back in September that he’d rather own a million dollar business than play 10 years in the NFL, that revealed exactly what he was looking for.
Robertson wants to use the game to facilitate a great lifestyle for himself regardless of how long or how well he plays the game beyond high school. That’s why UGA tactfully made sure he met with the University President Jere Morehead, plus several important faculty members and department heads in the Terry College of Business.
Robertson’s older brother and legal guardian Carlos Robertson said that the academic prowess was made clear to the family during that visit. Cal, Stanford and Notre Dame are the five-stars in this comparison but the family was impressed with what they learned in Athens.
Coach relationships: There’s no pair of coaches currently still recruiting Robertson that he is closer to than Smart and his lead UGA recruiter Glenn Schumann. When Robertson committed to Alabama as a sophomore, he made that pledge to Smart. He’s known both Schumann and Smart for more than three years now.
Perhaps the biggest revelation that came out of the Robertson camp this week was an admission that UGA would likely still be in it, but the program’s chances of landing him would not be as strong if Smart and Schumann were still at Alabama.
Peer relationships: Robertson is very familiar with the Class of 2016 at UGA. His status as one of the state’s elite prospects has had him rubbing shoulders with signees Ben Cleveland, Mecole Hardman, Jr., Jaleel Laguins, Isaac Nauta and Julian Rochester for several years. He’s also gotten very close to UGA freshman quarterback Jacob Eason.
When Robertson visited UGA, Eason hosted him. Roberston told DawgNation at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl that no coach in America was recruiting him to join their program as hard as Eason. It is the ideal pairing. The nation’s No. 1 receiver catching passes from a consensus Top 2 or Top 3 quarterback in the Class of 2016
Opportunity: Robertson knows he will do what it takes to excel anywhere. That’s why the playing opportunity is the least important factor to Robertson, but UGA offers the mix of a strong academic program with a nationally-known football program. The depth chart at UGA is also wide open for Robertson to come in and claim immediate playing time. The presence of Eason ensures he will have an elite quarterback prospect to play with during his college days and the depth chart at UGA sets up well for at least one or two of the incoming freshman to play right away and even possibly start.
Robertson countdown on DawgNation:
Check out the D-Rob 101 stories of note we feel might be of interest:
- Robertson’s coach: “People who complain about him stringing things along need to get a life”
- Will the nation’s No. 1 receiver commit to Kirby Smart again?
- Robertson moves up his decision date
- Robertson sets his decision date
- Kirby Smart reveals his sales pitch to Demetris Robertson
- 14 new elements to the Robertson decision after his official visit
- Sentell: What’s really going on with Demetris Robertson?
- What’s the new timeline for UGA with Demetris Robertson?
- A fan asks Smart: Are we going to get Demetris Robertson?
- Robertson signs his financial aid papers with UGA
- Robertson says Jacob Eason is recruiting him well
- Notre Dame trumps UGA, others with a recruiting gimmick for Demetris Robertson
- Expect race for nation’s No. 1 receiver to go well past National Signing Day
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. Unless otherwise indicated, player rankings and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.