Coach: 2020 WR Justin Robinson Is "A Football Player"

February 18, 2019

Jonathan Gess knows what top Division-I football prospects look like and the Eagles Landing Christian Academy head coach says that’s exactly what he sees in 2020 Georgia wide receiver Justin Robinson‍.

“He’s 6-4, he’s 210 pounds,” says Gess. “He’s got a 6-8 wingspan, long arms. He’s a 4.5-guy in the 40. His vertical is 38. I think that’s what makes him stand out.

“From a football perspective, you watch his film and you see him playing offense, you see him playing defense, you see him playing special teams. He’s not just a wide receiver, he’s a football player.”

That makes a big difference, according to Gess, especially at wideout.

“They’re more physical, they’re more aggressive,” he says. “They add value in the run game. You can put them in the slot to block. They’re just very multiple.”

Off the field, Robinson may not jump out the same way he does on it.

“He’s very quiet. He doesn’t say a lot, doesn’t talk a lot,” his coach explains. “When he’s with his friends, he likes to have a good time. He’s got an outgoing personality, but when he’s around coaches, he’s all business. He’s an extremely hard worker. He’s not going to talk a lot.”

Robinson has collected scholarship offers from schools like Notre Dame, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky and Penn State among others.

He’s set to be in South Bend for the Irish’s Junior Day on Feb. 23rd.

“He’s a high-academic kid,” Gess says of Robinson’s interest in Notre Dame. “He’s got a great mom and dad. Usually, when you have those things working together, Notre Dame is an attractive school for you. His dad is a big Notre Dame fan.

“They’re very excited to get up there and check it out and compare it to some of the schools he’s been to already and are his favorites.”

Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Virginia, Wake Forest, Florida and Florida State are among the other schools Robinson is seriously considering.

Gess coached former Irish standout and current Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell. But he’s resisted the urge of getting Rochell and Robinson together to talk about Notre Dame just yet, preferring for Robinson to head into the visit with an open mind instead.

“If he really likes it, we’re definitely going to get him connected with Isaac,” Gess says. “For me, I’d like for him to go see it and then talk to Isaac.”

Gess expects Robinson to choose a school within the next several months.

“I think he definitely wants to get it done before his senior year, so I’m thinking June or July.”

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