KILLEEN, Texas – The versatility of Deric Robertson (Killeen, Texas) is enough to make college coaches inquire. There aren’t many athletes who run the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds and can play both cornerback and safety.
Robertson is listed as a defensive back – and not as a cornerback or safety – primarily because of that versatility. At 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, he has the size of an outside linebacker, the speed of a punt returner and, perhaps most importantly, the make-up speed of a world-class sprinter.
Those intangibles have made Robertson an attractive option to several schools, including Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Texas A&M, TCU, Texas Tech and Houston.
“They all are saying they want me, but they want to check my practice habits first,” Robertson said. “They want to see how I am in practice and if I can translate that to the field. I think that’s the only thing that’s keeping me from offers right now.”
Robertson is still searching for his first offer, but he has been in heavy discussion with Oklahoma State and Tulsa. Receivers coach Doug Meacham has been Robertson’s primary contact at Oklahoma State. Defensive coach Jess Loepp has been his primary contact at Tulsa.
Robertson most likely will be recruited as a safety, but he wouldn’t mind playing either position in the secondary.
“I love corner because I like getting in your face,” Robertson said, “but I’ve been playing safety since the spring of my sophomore year. We needed safeties, and we have a lot of corners here. Plus, with my height, the coaches felt I’d be a better fit at safety.
“My speed helps a lot. If I’m in the middle of the field, I’m able to get to a hash or the sideline faster than most safeties and help a corner if he got beat.”
Robertson said he’s expecting to have a breakout summer and is planning on attending several camps. In choosing a school, Robertson wants to compete for a national championship, but he also wants to attend a school with a strong academic background. He is interested in both mechanical engineering and real estate.
“Life’s not just all football,” Robertson said. “You have to be able to provide for your family after football. I want to be ready for my future after football.”