Justin Robinson has been blessed with many gifts. Yet according to those who know and love him, the gift of might not be one of them.
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When a member of his family saw the interview reel that DawgNation put together with Robinson right before his commitment to UGA, they wondered how that interview stretched past three minutes.
That’s why it was interesting to see Robinson reach out on social media recently to 5-star RB Kendall Milton.
Robinson has the gifts to a special player between the hedges. He even comes across as highly personable on social media, but he would not have been my first pick among the commits to start recruiting other high-level players to build the class.
Carson Beck? Yes. Jamil Burroughs? He’s held that job for more than a minute now. 5-star OT Broderick Jones has just started to do that over the last two months.
That’s the great thing about working in a profession with young people. When the surprises come, they usually lead to a Mel Allen (Google it young folks) moment.
How ’bout that?
It turns out there is a story to that.
Back in the day: Kendall Milton and Justin Robinson
Have you heard of something called the Bret Cooper Academic Junior All-American Bowl? It is an annual event held out in Texas.
Robinson does a fine job of explaining how all that links him to Milton. (Now just watch him become a real estate tycoon one day. Or the best recruiter on the UGA staff in 2040.)
“We played against each other in the eighth grade in an All-America game in Dallas,” Robinson told DawgNation. “We hung out at the Cotton Bowl. He’s cool people.”
It turns out those two have spoken recently. Robinson even shared his view of Georgia.
“He said he will be out soon,” Robinson said. “I may get up with him in Athens. He really likes the ‘Dawgs.”
Robinson has pretty good Intel in his own right. The prospects of that visit would be exactly what Kendall Milton’s father said was going to happen soon.
Justin Robinson just played his first season of varsity football as a junior at Eagles Landing Christian in 2018. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
He even shared his own scouting report of what Milton can bring to the program. Let’s remember this: No recruit will ever say they would like to see the Bulldogs “put the ball on the ground” a little more.
“Kendall is a beast,” Robinson said. “The other running backs from 2020 are ok, but Kendall is different. He has the size and speed. [He is] really really good.”
The fit there, he thinks, will be a good mesh. Milton has been saying that the Bulldogs have a “major shot” to sign him since the summer of 2018. That’s even though he has yet to visit Athens.