To say that there is a lot of talent locally in the 2020 recruiting cycle would be an understatement. Jacksonville and the surrounding area is full of top prospects who have and will sign Power 5 scholarship papers. Among these players is three-star Sandalwood defensive back Jahquez Robinson.
Robinson, who had received offers from over 10 programs in 2019 alone, committed to Alabama Monday afternoon. 1010XL caught up with Robinson to talk about his commitment.
“The visit there was great and it was probably the best visit I have been on so far,” Robinson told 1010XL. “Coach (Nick) Saban is big on football, but also after football as well because football isn’t going to last forever. He was telling me about their high graduation rates.
“Being on that big stage and with him coaching defensive backs, I’ll be getting coached by the greatest coach in college football history. I mean, how much better can it get?”
Robinson was asked if his commitment to play football at the University of Alabama has set in yet.
“Honestly, that’s why I waited to post it everywhere because I wanted it to set in” Robinson said. “When I talked to Coach Saban and committed to Alabama over the weekend, I was like, ‘dang, I just committed to Alabama.’ But, on Monday I felt it was time to announce to everybody.”
What about Robinson’s interaction with Saban on his visit?
“That was probably the craziest experience I had at the visit,” he said. “Just sitting in his office and listening to this man talk about how much of the game that he knows, it was like, ‘wow, I’m actually sitting in front of Nick Saban.’
“It was amazing and a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Robinson (6-foot-1.5, 174 pounds) had received numerous offers from Power 5 programs in the past six weeks. Why was that?
“When I was going to colleges and camps, they were always looking for film,” Robinson said. “In my sophomore year, I didn’t have too much film because I was dealing with a bunch of injuries and stuff like that. I wasn’t really playing at Trinity Christian.
“But then I transferred to Sandalwood and basically I was man-to-man my entire junior year. Colleges said they liked seeing that, plus they liked my speed, size and range. I feel like once LSU offered me, that’s when things really took off.”
What type of defensive back is Alabama getting with Robinson?
“I have good footwork and I know how to use my hands and my length,” Robinson said. “I also feel I have good speed and I know how to get in and out of breaks.”
Finally, Robinson was asked what his personal goals are for his senior season at Sandalwood High School.
“I want to just keep getting better,” Robinson said. “I want to get stronger, gain a little more weight and get faster. Just get myself better prepared for the next level.”
Alabama now has 11 commitments for its 2020 class and Robinson becomes the third defensive back already to commitment to the Tide.
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