Nation’s No. 1 athlete discusses UGA and his recruiting

Demetris Robertson will be at Nike's "The Opening" this month. (AJC)

Demetris Robertson will be at Nike’s “The Opening” this month. (AJC)

Demetris Robertson, who is at the top of UGA’s wish list for this year’s recruiting class, is staying in shape this summer.

The nation’s No. 1-ranked athlete works as a fitness instructor with kids across the Savannah area.

“I work with elementary school kids doing fitness stuff everyday,” Robertson told the AJC. “Being a big brother to them and doing things with them is pretty fun.”

The typical five-hour day consists of warm-up exercises and a ton of games. They play basketball, flag football, jump rope and hold foot races. Everyone tries to impress the Savannah Christian football star who leaves this weekend for The Opening all-star combine at Nike headquarters in Oregon.

“We had a jump rope marathon one day and this kid jumped 16 minutes straight while I did 15,” Robertson said. “I just let him win it.”

UGA will have to grind a lot longer than that to make him a part of the 2016 class. Robertson recently de-committed from Alabama because he felt like he rushed his decision. He has UGA and Stanford among his favorites, but he hasn’t officially named any leaders.

The 4-star said the schools he’s thinking the most about right now are Alabama, UGA, Georgia Tech, LSU, Notre Dame, Stanford and USC. He said Alabama, Florida, UGA, Georgia Tech and Stanford are recruiting him the hardest at this time.

UGA assistant Bryan McClendon (white hat) recruits Robertson (Sonny Kennedy/ Special to the AJC)

UGA assistant Bryan McClendon (white hat) recruits Robertson (Sonny Kennedy/ Special to the AJC)

Playing for UGA has always meant a lot to Robertson. He said the best game experiences he’s been so far would either be in Athens or in Tuscaloosa.

“UGA was my dream school growing up,” he said. “I loved Musa Smith.”

The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder said UGA receivers coach Bryan McClendon was one of two coaches right now he had the best recruiting relationship with. That’s his idea of a coach he felt understood him the most. The other was LSU receivers coach Tony Ball.

“Athens is a great place and I admire Coach (Mark) Richt a lot,” Roberston said. “I like all the coaches and the direction they are going. The pitch (from Georgia) is to stay home.”

Robertson, ranked as the No. 3 overall prospect out of Georgia, is from an athletic family. His twin sister Shanetris Robertson attends Dawson Christian in Newnan, and she finished fourth in the 100 meters at the GISA state championship track meet.

Demetris is bringing his nephew to UGA’s elite “Dawg Night” prospect camp on July 18. His nephew Mike Robertson is a rising eighth-grade running back in the Class of 2020.

“My nephew is going to be a stud,” he said. “He is already six feet and 170 pounds at 13. He’s an athlete just like I am.”

The rising senior learned a lot from his initial commitment to Alabama last July. He was committed to the Crimson Tide for nearly a year.

“I was young when I committed then so I just wanna be sure (now) I’m making the right decision,” he said.

Robertson said he carries a 3.8 grade-point average at Savannah Christian and is awaiting the results from his test scores. Academics are a major factor in his recruiting. That’s why he’s considering schools like Georgia Tech and Stanford.

“It is the educational factor blended with athletics,” said Robertson, who said his first offer was from Georgia Tech. “I like the challenge in the classroom and what a degree from either one could mean one day.”

Robertson hopes to play both sides of the ball in college and even return kicks. He said he will take all five of his official visits this fall and decide on signing day.

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Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.


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