October 31, 2010

4-star DB takes leadership role

With some of the top defensive back prospects in the nation already committed to play for Alabama, the Crimson Tide coaching staff is looking to solidify one of the top secondary classes in the nation with several top targets still in the mix. Among the top remaining uncommitted defensive backs in the nation is Miami (FL) Jackson safety Robenson Therezie, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound four-star prospect who has remained relatively quiet throughout the recruiting process so far despite his impressive offer list.

"He's by far our five star player," said Jackson assistant coach Jon Drummond. "He's the guy we look to for big plays. He's a leader in every way and he's shown it this year. This has been a new experience for him to really have the team relying on him in every facet of the game and he's handled the pressure well. He continues to come through for us whether it's at running back, safety or the return game. He's even blocked punts. At the same time, he does everything right outside the games as well. He never misses a practice, a workout or a meeting and he's done well in the classroom too."

"He really came into this year wanting to be more of a leader on the field and he knew that to do that, he needed a better understanding of what was going on. He knew he didn't just need to be a dominant player physically but also mentally so he put in the work and studied the playbook. He wanted to know all the coverages, checks, everything he could do to help the guys around him be in position to make a stop. That's what a leader on defense does and it takes a lot of hard work and a desire to be great."

Drummond said Therezie has narrowed down his choices to a small group of Southeastern schools, including the Crimson Tide, and will take his time before making a final decision.

"At this point he pretty much has it narrowed down to Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Miami, although Tennessee is still a factor too. Their coaches have done a great job developing a relationship with Robenson and he had a good time on his official visit up there. He enjoyed his visit to Auburn too but I think he knows he needs to take all visits before he gets a full picture to compare everyone to."

"Robenson's approach has all along been that he wants to focus on his senior season and his senior year in the classroom and not worry about college until after he has the football season behind him. He's already visited Auburn and Tennessee and Alabama and Florida will get official visits for sure either in December or January. That fifth visit is still up in the air."

"At Jackson, guys traditionally announce their commitment on Signing Day together. It makes it more of a team event rather than just being all about the individual and I think that's how Robenson is planning to handle his announcement right now. I think he also likes that it gives him plenty of time to make the right decision and that he won't have all that time to second guess himself afterwards."

While Robenson continues to receive plenty of attention from each of the schools on his list of finalists, Drummond said the senior playmaker has remained focused on the big picture.

"He's really a humble kid and he's not getting too caught up in it all so far. He knows he has a great opportunity here to make a great future for himself and he also knows he can't really go wrong with any of the final schools he's looking at. They all have great coaches and will provide him with a great education."

Robenson is rated the nation's No. 17 safety prospect by Rivals.com.

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