Quanderrius Robinson has enjoyed quite the week. First, Auburn football offers him Friday after watching a private workout on campus. And on Saturday, Robinson, a future recruiting gem in the Class of 2020, was scheduled to work out for Alabama football.
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"(Alabama) is already texting me, making sure he can (still) come workout with them," said Tim Vakakes, Robinson's high school coach at Jackson-Olin. "Word travels fast."
Robinson will play free safety this fall at Jackson-Olin, a Birmingham City School which enjoyed a resurgence last season (8-3), reaching the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season. Robinson was a backup on the team, playing starting outside linebacker behind Montez Coleman and learning from fellow linebacker TD Moultry, now at Auburn.
Now it's time for Robinson to shine on Friday nights. Vakakes said Robinson was moved to defensive back because of necessity, but expects him to end his prep career at linebacker.
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"He doesn't have a list of favorites," Vakakes said. "He doesn't have a favorite college team. He's just very new to all of this. This was his first visit to a college campus. Everything is real new, so he's very bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Smiling and just enjoying the process. But his process hasn't even started yet.
"He's got to make some football plays. He has no film. But it doesn't take (colleges) long to see potential. When you're 6-4 and 200 pounds and can move like him, that's definitely potential."
Here is Q and T.D. Moultry (the shorter one) today at Auburn @humble55_ http://pic.twitter.com/NE94cDFqDe-- Drew Champlin (@DrewChamplin) July 22, 2017
Jackson-Olin, seven seasons removed from a winless season, has enjoyed back-to-back high-profile recruits. Alabama and Auburn fought long and hard over Moultry, and defensive end Coynis Miller, who this fall will be a senior, can pick his SEC school of choice.
And now, Robinson could join the list.
"Everybody is absolutely in love with the kid because of the way he handles himself," Vakakes said. "I hope that he sees that gets you somewhere; shaking hands with a firm handshake, looking in their eyes. Being humble. Being the hardest worker.
"(At Jackson-Olin), we've had to slow him down in the weight room because he works so dag-on hard. So I'm hoping all that, and the work ethic he learn from T.D. will rub off on his him and his teammates."