Savannah (Ga.) Christian’s Demetris Robertson has a tough college choice ahead of him, but his pick for a national all-star game was simple.
On Monday, he was honored with his jersey for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 9 in San Antonio as part of the game’s Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
“My auntie and my uncle served in the Army and I wanted to do a big honor to them and my family,” Robertson said. “My aunt (Sandra Robertson) died while she was in the Army (in Germany, in 1982), but I never got to meet her.
“Also, it’s a great game to play in honoring my country and also it gets the best players.”
Robertson, listed as the No. 2 athlete in the 2016 class according to 247Sports.com Composite football rankings, made recent official visits to Cal, Notre Dame and has made unofficial visits since the spring to Georgia, Florida and Alabama, where he once was a commit. He’s said he’s planning an official visit soon to Ohio State and is still trying to schedule an official to Georgia after canceling a visit to Athens last weekend because his mother, Mildred Robertson, a hotel manager, wasn’t able to make the trip.
“My mom is always working,” he said. “She did get down here today for the Army bowl this morning. He’s working constantly and never gets a break. We’re going to reschedule our visit for Georgia. (Recruiting) is still fun, but it’s still a tough decision. I just want to make the right decision for my future, after football is over.”
Last week, Robertson ran for 99 yards and a touchdown and returned an interception 63 yards in a 42-7 defeat of Jenkins County (Millen) as the Raiders, ranked No. 6 in the state in Class A, improved to 6-1. Last season, Robertson missed half the season because of transfer issues after coming over from Savannah Country Day and SCPS lost in the playoffs to eventual state champion Mount Paran Christian (Kennesaw).
“My team is really good — I think we have a shot at a state championship,” Robertson said. “We have been in the playoffs every year. Last year, we turned the ball over four times in the second half against Mount Paran.
“I think I’ve improved a lot this year, my offense, defense, my leadership skills, and special teams. You put me on anything and I can do it. I don’t get a lot of plays off, except maybe when we run the score up.”
Robertson also competes in basketball and track. Last spring, he won the 100 and 200 meters and the long jump at the Class A private schools state meet.
“I have a chance to walk on at Clemson in basketball,” Robertson said. “But I want to do football and track in college.”