Two months after National Signing Day, the top wide receiver in the Class of 2016 has a decision.
Demetris Robertson announced his intention to attend Cal on Sunday in a ceremony at the College Football Hall of Fame facility in Atlanta surrounded by his family, coaches and supporters.
The Savannah (Ga.) Christian School standout is the last signee of the 2016 recruitment class. He delayed his decision after National Signing Day in hopes of increasing his SAT scores enough to get into Stanford and was said to be down to Georgia, Notre Dame and Cal from among 52 offers.
Robertson thanked his supporters and then citing prayer and deliberation, he removed a covering from a sign that showed a framed placard with a Cal football helmet logo.
“The education was a big part of my decision,” he said. “When I went there, it felt like home. I have a good relationship with all the coaching staffs (at all the schools). That’s where it felt the best for me. …
“I’m going to be homesick a lot, but I’ll get over it. My mom will miss me a lot and that’s something she keeps telling me. I just want to do the best for me and my family. … I know what my future holds, and I know what I want for my life. I always told myself I’d rather have a million-dollar business than a million-dollar contract in the NFL.”
The event came complete with a cake that had the words Congratulations Demetris Robertson along with a football with a question mark.
Robertson signed financial aid agreements with Georgia and California. While the aid is not binding, it helped ensure a spot for him and also has allowed the coaches to speak to him more freely.
“Demetris Robertson is one of the most exciting athletes and playmakers in this year’s recruiting class,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said in a statement Sunday. “He brings tremendous speed and versatility that allows him to play a number of positions.”
“Demetris is an outstanding young man who wants to be challenged academically and believes that Cal is a great fit for him. We’re really excited about getting Demetris into the University of California and our football program. He’s a great fit for us with very high academics. He wants to achieve at a high level in the classroom. The great academics at Cal and the improvement of our program along with our West Coast location attracted him.
“He wanted to achieve some very specific things outside of football and he felt like he could do that at Cal better than anywhere else. We’re looking forward to his contributions on and off the field. He’s going to be a great ambassador for our program.”
Robertson recognized that hometown fans will be dismayed by his decision to leave the state and not sign with the in-state Bulldogs. He had a longtime relationship with Georgia coach Kirby Smart and had committed to Smart when he was the defensive coordinator at Alabama. He was originally committed to Alabama during his sophomore year, but de-committed a year later in a unique timeline of the recruiting process that has now spanned several years.
Robertson took official visits to Georgia, Georgia Tech, Cal and Notre Dame.
“I feel there will be disappointment with some people in the state,” he said. “I really love the support I got. I’m grateful I have you in my life. …
“(The whole process is) pretty stressful. All the coaching staffs and all the fans they want to show you love. I get that everywhere I go, but in Georgia, it’s different. I live here and the love is much more.”
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