DE Jimmori Robinson (6-6 248) of Alexandria, VA and Monroe JC, NY committed to UTSA December 15th, but he decommitted 13 days later, and one of the reason for that was the recruiting presence of new USC coach Shane Beamer. Beamer offered Robinson soon after coming on board and continued his recruiting efforts even after Robinson committed to the Road Runners. Now that Robinson is open again, there’s a good chance Beamer can, or has, convinced him to become a Gamecock.
“I’m talking to coach Beamer a lot,” Robinson said. “We have a good relationship. He just said how much he wants me to play there. He said I belong in the SEC and he can’t wait for me to sign there. They are definitely one of my schools I’m considering signing with on February 13th.”
Robison said what he liked about Beamer is he never backed off on him even after he made that commitment to UTSA.
“I told him it was a verbal commitment and I was still considering all my options,” Robinson said. “He said he was going to recruit me, so that part showed loyalty. So, when I decommitted, he still showed me the same love when I was still committed to UTSA. He’s still been the same.”
Robinson is a weakside defensive end who had 20 tackles and 10 tackles for loss last season at Dodge City JC, KS. He considers himself an excellent pass rusher who can also play the run. And he likes the plan Beamer has laid out for him.
“He said by getting me, he’s strengthening up the defense, bringing in great pass rushers who are also good on the run, too,” Robinson said. “I feel I can do all that. The way he’s recruiting the JUCO ranks, he’s trying to get guys who are ready to play. So, he’s already having an immediate impact. I like where coach Beamer is headed. He said he’s going to move some pieces around and try and get the right D-coordinator so it can match the defense he wants for his era. He said it would be a good one. He said it would be next week.”
Like a lot of defensive prospects Beamer is recruiting now, they want to know who his defensive coordinator will be. Some news on that should be coming soon, after this weekend’s games. Robinson is anxious to know the man.
“It’s very big,” he said.. “That’s one of the reasons I didn’t commit to South Carolina so soon. They were a recent offer but they didn’t have a defensive coordinator. I know how much coach Beamer feels I can change the program. I was one of the first he recruited, so they already know my talents, my abilities and what they are looking for on their defense. I feel like the coordinator is going to match me. The coordinator does play a big part.”
Along with USC. Robinson said UTSA, Florida State, Auburn and Jackson State remain under consideration. He plans to inform the school he chooses on February 12th and sign the next day.