How does the Demetris Robertson decision affect UGA recruiting?
The transfer video drop from Chimin’ In Media settles a short-term matter. Robertson will come back home to play for his home state Bulldogs.
Will he play right away in 2018? That could happen. Will he have to sit out another year due to his transfer to hit the field in 2019? That could also happen. The matter will hinge on an NCAA ruling that will define exactly how the governing body of the sport views the hardship nature of this transfer.
But for right now, let’s explore a matter that is a little easier to frame up.
Robertson’s decision should have no bearing on the ultimate decisions for the pair of 5-star receivers the Bulldogs currently have committed for 2019.
That would be 5-stars Jadon Haselwood and Dominick Blaylock. Both of those prospects are long-time in-state commitments to the Bulldogs.
That’s looking at the matter from purely a football perspective.
Haselwood currently ranks as the nation’s No. 1 WR for the 2019 cycle. He also rates as the nation’s No. 4 overall prospect for the 247Sports composite.
While we are talking about two extremely talented receiver prospects here, I hold the scouting opinion that Haselwood has more upside than Robertson.
If there was ever a matter where there was only one scholarship left to give, then the nod would go to Haselwood. That’s in spite of the fact that Robertson has already flourished on the college level.
The 2019 5-star is simply that rare of a prospect.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound senior is a complete receiver in the A.J. Green mold. He is also a player that thrives on competition. He didn’t let any of the talented prospects that UGA was chasing in the 2018 or 2019 classes affect the decision he made way back in March of 2018.
There are also three clear points to convey here:
- Haselwood is an outside receiver or an “X” receiver. Robertson will work in the slot.
- If he is the player he has shown to be so far, Robertson will likely only spend one or two seasons at Georgia. That means Haselwood and Robertson will at the most only play together in the 2019 season.
- Haselwood, on the other hand, will have at least three seasons of eligibility at UGA. He won’t play his first game in Athens until the fall of 2019. Robertson could be in the NFL by then.
What do the UGA fans think? It seems that more than 1,000 of them responded to a recent Twitter poll about which player they would rather see play for the Bulldogs. It is an unscientific poll for sure, but it is at least a measure of the public perception regarding the skill level for each of these rare talents.
who would you rather have at UGA?
— sᴀᴠᴀɴɴᴀʜ ᴋ ᴊᴏɴᴇs ☆ (@sav_katherine) July 9, 2018
Blaylock would be the player that might be competing with Robertson for snaps and specific play calls in the UGA offense in 2019. That said, he should still be seen as one of the most committed prospects in the 2019 class.
The Walton High standout plans to take just one official visit. That will be the one to UGA.
He also hasn’t made a single recruiting trip to visit another school since he made his commitment in July of 2017.
If anything, that adds to the lure of UGA for Blaylock. It will be another headache of a matchup for SEC defensive backs to contend with.
Great players stalk competition. They don’t try to angle their path away from it. Blaylock, Haselwood and even Robertson should all be seen in that light.
“Dom doesn’t worry about anyone else,” Blaylock’s father John Woods told DawgNation. “The more the better. He’s just going to do his thing.”
Robertson becomes the 18th player on the UGA roster that received a 5-star rating from at least one of the major recruiting services.
- 2015: Terry Godwin
- 2016: Mecole Hardman Jr., Isaac Nauta, Demetris Robertson
- 2017: Isaiah Wilson, Richard LeCounte III, D’Andre Swift, Jake Fromm
- 2018: Justin Fields, Zamir White, Jamaree Salyer, Tyson Campbell, Cade Mays, Adam Anderson, Brenton Cox, Quay Walker, James Cook; Channing Tindall