Coaches Corner: 2020 WR Commit Justin Robinson

August 15, 2019
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Of Georgia’s 16 current commitments, maybe the most forgotten about is receiver Justin Robinson‍. His calm demeanor and humble approach is a big reason why, but there’s a lot to like about his overall potential on the football field.

Dawg Post recently caught up with Robinson’s trainer, someone Georgia fans know quite well.

That would be former Bulldog great, Terrence Edwards. The current Pace Academy receivers coach and TE/WR Academy Talent evaluator trains some of the state’s top prospects including Robinson, five-star Arik Gilbert, and 2021 prospects Jayden Thomas, Deion Colzie, Cane Berrong, among others.

If anyone can recognize receiver talent, it’s Georgia’s all-time leading receiver. Edwards left Athens with 204 career receptions for 3,093 yards and 30 touchdowns. After re-writing the record books in Athens, Edwards went on to have an 11-year professional career, spending most of his time north of the border with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League.

Dawg Post spoke with Edwards to talk about Robinson and what he’ll bring to Athens in 2020.

“He’s a big-bodied kid that I think still has some more growing to do,” Edwards said. “He’s 6-foot-4, almost 6-foot-5 right now, 210-pounds, and this is going to be his first season 100% healthy. He hasn’t even scratched the surface of his potential. He’s so long and he’s faster than what you’d think. He’s got great body control, great hands, but we’ve got a long way to go with him as far as trying to reach his potential. He’s got unlimited potential.”

Edwards knows he has a lot to work with in Robinson, a guy so physically gifted that he stands out immediately in person. The former Georgia standout wasn’t the biggest guy, but he was a technician. He was crafty and knew how to run crisp routes to create separation on a consistent basis. That’s what he’s trying to work on with the already long, athletic Robinson. 

“Right now we’re just trying to get quicker in and out of breaks,” Edwards said. “He's so long and so tall, and he’s starting to trust his knee again so we can really start doing more explosive work. At the end of the day, I think he’s going to be around 220-pounds when he gets to college.”

Edwards told Dawg Post he has been coaching Robinson since middle school. Once just a physically gifted athlete, Robinson has turned into a four-star wide receiver heading to Athens. 

“I knew he was always able to catch,” Edwards said. “He just needed to learn the position. He really turned the corner last year as a junior. That was really his first time playing varsity football. So this will be just his second year coming up. I’m expecting him to put up monster numbers.”

There’s a good chance Robinson will put up those “monster numbers” on offense this fall, but some schools would like to see him even more on defense. During his recruitment, Robinson was being recruited by Notre Dame not to play receiver, but to play safety.

“I think he could play safety at the next level and I think he could grow into a “Will” linebacker,” Robinson said. “He’s just that long and he can get up to 225-pounds easily and not lose any speed or athleticism. He could grow into a linebacker or something else but he’s a receiver in my book.”

Dawg Post saw Robinson in action this spring during the camp circuit, and his length stood out easily among a very gifted receiver group. His hands are consistent, so if he can continue getting his speed back, Robinson could turn into one of Georgia’s biggest steals in the 2020 class.

What’s clear is that there’s a lot to like about this future Bulldog, especially if you ask the former Bulldog.

 
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