UGA’s chances at landing the nation’s No. 2 athlete appear to be even more complicated after his recent visit to Notre Dame.
Demetris Robertson, the 4-star from Savannah, told the AJC the only other college visit that compared with his Notre Dame visit was an earlier trip to Alabama. He was committed to Alabama for over a year before he de-committed in April.
The Notre Dame visit went “better than expected,” Robertson said.
“I went alone so I wouldn’t have any influence. It was a very structured place for all the things I want to accomplish both academically and athletically.”
Some reports coming out of that visit said Notre Dame was his new leader, but Robertson didn’t place the Irish that high during a Sunday evening interview with the AJC.
Robertson said that Stanford was still his top school. He placed Notre Dame amid a pack of schools with UGA and Alabama. He also listed Cal and Georgia Tech among his top group.
The two-way standout at Savannah Christian was impressed by everything related to the Notre Dame trip. He’d seen the “Rudy” movie but described the in-person experience of witnessing South Bend’s landmarks like the Grotto and Touchdown Jesus as “surreal.”
He said that running into NFL receiver Golden Tate was a highlight. He said the alum conveyed the benefits of playing for Notre Dame. He also shared with him some traits that will enhance his playing career.
“Just focus and always be mentally really,” Robertson said. “Watch film and (be) familiar with the playbook.”
He said UGA is still recruiting him heavily and he doesn’t mind what side of the ball he plays on in college. His defensive highlights at Savannah Christian this year have been impressive.
“I stay in contact with all the UGA coaches on the regular,” he said. “I love playing defense. I like being able to cover and hitting. I like being physical. I think I can make an impact on either side.”
Academics will likely sway his decision. He’s planning his next official visit in October, but didn’t specify which school he had in mind.
“I’m gonna try and get somewhere soon if the books let me,” he said. “My schedule is demanding with AP courses. A lot of papers and studying.”
Robertson is currently taking AP Calculus, AP Government, AP Literature and even an AP Art and Studio class.
He said that UGA, Alabama, Cal, Florida, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Stanford and Tennessee were recruiting him the hardest right now.
Robertson plans to take his official visit to Stanford after his senior season.
Jeff Sentell covers 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.