Nebraska got its fifth verbal commitment for its 2009 recruiting class today, securing a pledge from Dontrayevous Robinson. Robinson is a running back out of Euless, Texas. Rivals.com reports him at 6'1'' and 215 pounds. Beyond the measurable size, there are other reasons to be excited about this verbal commitment.
First, Robinson comes from a school in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro. That's great. Big 12 talent starts in Texas. Robinson is the second player from the Lone Star state in the Husker class for 2009 so far. Nebraska has clearly made recruiting Texas a priority, and they are following through on their mission early.
Robinson is a big back, as 6'1'', 215 is pretty big for a high school runner. He has nice speed, reporting a 4.5 40-yard dash time. He had good production with more than 800 yards rushing and 200 yards receiving as a junior. Like all early-offer prospects, it will be worth watching what he does over the summer and during his senior campaign.
Also, this kid is a winner. He plays at the highest level of Texas prep football (5A) and plays for a state championship team. One of the big variables in evaluating talent is the level of competition they faced. Kids from major programs in states like Texas and California have seen a lot and played a lot. The transition may not be as steep for some of them.
Running Back: A Need?
Is running back a need in this class? Probably not, considering how many are on NU's roster now. But, you always need lots of ball carriers. There are countless examples of teams having to go to their third and fourth running backs by mid-season. Next year, Nebraska will lose its incumbent starter at running back in Marlon Lucky. So, they will add one in their 2009 class.
"All Name" Team
All commitments are non-binding until February's signing day. But, I'll say this. If Robinson signs with NU, he would become an instant member of my "All Name" team. Let's face it, Dontrayevous is a heck of a handle for a young man. It might be some sort of hybrid. Do we name him Dontrell? How about Tray? Or maybe Octaveus? I know...Dontrayevous. Apparently the kid goes by the name Tray. So, to paraphrase the movie "Coming to America"...If his momma calls him Tray, I'm gonna call him Tray.