Introducing the 2006 Class: Jamarr Robinson

LB Jamarr Robinson

The fact that the Sun Devils have placed several players in the NFL is naturally a great source of pride to the program and its fans. It also serves as an invaluable recruiting tool that attracted such players as incoming freshman linebacker Jamarr Robinson.

Arizona State's addition of defensive coordinator Bill Miller a couple of years ago certainly didn't hurt that reputation. Miller coached some of the premier linebackers playing today in Ray Lewis and Julian Peterson, and that fact didn't go unnoticed. "It's great to get a chance to play for Coach Miller who coached those NFL players," said the 6-3 235 Jamarr Robinson. "That shows you how good a coach he is. Coach Miller is really cool and we talk all the time."

The affinity between the linebacker and the program is definitely a two-way street. Robinson received his first scholarship offer from the maroon and gold, which targeted the Fairfield (Calif.) standout early in the recruiting process. "I met (former ASU QB's Coach) Coach Helfrich the summer before my junior year," recalled Robinson. "He was the first college coach that I met, and when he told me how much Arizona State wanted me it was humbling." Robinson added that he got offers, written and/or verbal ones, from the rest of the Pac-10. Oklahoma and Utah were two out of conference schools he was seriously considering early on.

Robinson was planning to visit other schools aside from ASU. However, less than two weeks following his mid-September Tempe trip he decided to pull the trigger and effectively end his recruitment. "It just felt like home on my visit," he explained. "I got along with all the players and I even kept in touch with some of them in the summer."

Just as important, his mom accompanied him on the visit and was impressed by the school, and for the most part it was due to non-football reasons. "She liked the academic program and the ‘scholar baller' program," he commented. "She felt that the school really cared about you as a student, not just as a football player." And if all that wasn't enough, one of his Fairfield coaches was Bradis McGriff Sr. who's son played for the Sun Devils. "He was preaching ASU to me all the time," said a smiling Robinson.

The middle linebacker was listed as the No. 59 player in the state of California by SuperPrep. He played only eight games as a senior due to an injury, and collected 86 tackles during that period. He was a starter during his sophomore, junior and senior years, and was voted to the All-Solano County Athletic League during those seasons. "My strong points are reading the plays and getting to the ball," said Robinson of his skills. "I need to work on my speed and strength so I can play at the college level."

Robinson, who is currently on campus in the school's bridge program, is one of five linebackers in this recruiting class. Where some can see potential disadvantages with those numbers, he sees one overwhelming positive. "If there's no competition," he explained, "you sometimes don't practice hard, and if you don't practice hard you'll never get better and help the team. Competition will always make a player better…there's no guarantee if I'll redshirt or not. I'm just gonna play hard and see what happens."

Recruit Profile

Name

Jamarr Robinson

High School

Fairfield (Calif.) High School

Position

LB

Height

6-3

Weight

235

Date of birth

2/26/88

Birthplace

Oakland, Calif.

Nickname

"Superman"

Favorite TV show

"ESPN Shows"

Favorite movie

"Dead Presidents"

Favorite singer/band

"Lil Wayne"

Favorite food

"Macaroni and Cheese"

Favorite drink

"Apple Juice"

Favorite athlete

"Dwyane Wade"

Favorite pro team

"Washington Redskins"

Person you most admire

"My brother and mom. My brother is in the Marines and I respect him a lot. My mom is a single parent and she's a very hard worker."

First football memory

"I watched a Raiders game when I was like nine or ten. I didn't even want to watch football. But my dad made me."

One thing most people don't know about me

"I play a lot of basketball."

Why did you choose ASU?

"It just felt at home there"

Where do you want to be in ten years?

"Hopefully in the NFL. If that doesn't work out, I'd like to be in coaching so I can stay around sports."

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