Michigan recruit Jerald Robinson growing as a receiver
Jerald Robinson was lukewarm about playing more slot receiver during his senior season at Canton (Ohio) South High School. Now that Robinson has enrolled at Michigan, he’s glad he had the opportunity.
“Inside, that’s when you’re playing the big boys, the linebackers,” Robinson said. “What I didn’t really have, wasn’t good at my junior year was going across the middle. But I actually feel like the slant is one of my most favorite routes now.
“I feel like if you’re going to be a receiver you got to be able to catch the ball anywhere on the field. I like going across the middle.”
Robinson is 1 of 6 members of Michigan’s 2010 recruiting class who enrolled early. He started classes Wednesday, along with fellow receivers Jeremy Jackson and Ricardo Miller, offensive lineman Christian Pace and running backs Austin White and Stephen Hopkins.
“I decided to enroll early because I felt that I could help the program right now and I don’t want to wait,” Jerald Robinson said. “I felt that I could make an impact on the program in my freshman year, so I wanted to come in now and put in work so the coaches could see that I’m capable of getting some playing time as a true freshman.”
Michigan returns 6 of its top 7 pass catchers, but graduates second-leading receiverÂ Greg MathewsÂ (29 catches, 352 yards).
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Robinson will play on the outside at Michigan, a school he grew up rooting against as an Ohio State fan.
Robinson said his allegiances changed when Michigan became the first school to offer him a scholarship last signing day. He visited the campus, liked it better than Ohio State’s, and liked the design of Michigan’s spread offense having played in a spread system in high school.
He committed to the Wolverines on Feb. 9.
“He’s got real good speed and the most important thing is he can catch the ball,” said Gardner, who developed an immediate connection with Robinson when the 2 played together at a Michigan football camp last summer. “If you play receiver, you got to catch the ball. When the ball’s in the air he attacks and doesn’t wait for it to get to him, that’s always a plus.”
Robinson, who doubled as a standout basketball player at South before giving up the sport to enroll early, said he’s looking forward to reconnecting with Gardner on the football field and looking forward to his first spring practice as a Wolverine.
“I know I can’t be cocky,” he said. “I got to stay humble, and I feel that I’m better than a lot of receivers that are there right now and the only thing I got to do is go hard and get the coaches to feel the same way, show them why I’m coming in.”
Dave Birkett covers University of Michigan football for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached by phone at 734-623-2552 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.