Atlanta’s Dez Robinson Commits To Sam Houston State
Dez Robinson ended his recruiting process Monday by giving a verbal commitment to one of the Southland Conference's most premiere programs in recent seasons.
The senior Atlanta flex defensive lineman and linebacker announced through his personal Twitter account a pledge to Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. He chose the school in favor of other standing scholarship offers from Southland foes Incarnate Word and Stephen F. Austin.
Robinson (6-3, 210), alongside NCAA Division I FBS linebacker prospect Tristan Allen, was part of a strong Atlanta defense en route to consecutive Class 4A Division I, Region II championship game appearances in 2014 and 2015.
Atlanta tied for fourth place in the brutal District 7-4A Division I this past season, but it lost a tiebreaker with Pittsburg for the fourth and final playoff seed. Robinson finished his playing career with a 28-11 record.
Sam Houston State, which offered Robinson on Dec. 12, finished its 2016 regular season as the Southland champion and ranked No. 1 nationally in the FCS Coaches and STATS Top 25 polls. The Bearkats went on to reach the quarterfinal round of the FCS playoffs, with a first-round win against Southland runner-up Central Arkansas on the way.
K.C. Keeler has a 34-10 record through three seasons as Sam Houston State's head coach. His teams have never missed the quarterfinal round of postseason competition, and the squads have not finished worse than second place within the Southland.
Robinson might not be the only local player soon to leave the region for Huntsville. Longview safety Traveion Webster has standing offer from the Bearkats and is uncommitted.
Like all college football prospects currently in their senior year of high school, Robinson will become eligible to sign with any program that offers him in February.