Terps, Hokies Among Those Interested in Edison Linebacker
Colleague B.J. Koubaroulis files this report:
Despite playing linebacker and running back for undefeated No. 11 Edison (11-0), senior Stephon Robertson has received offers from both James Madison and Delaware to play safety.
Robertson, a 6-0, 190-pounder who runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, has earned a lot of late interest from some BCS programs, including Maryland, Virginia Tech and Boston College but "none of them have offered yet," Edison Coach Vaughn Lewis said. "I think the problem is that he has to play linebacker for us and he's a fantastic linebacker, but he'll be playing strong safety or free safety in college and they've never seen him play that."
Still, James Madison and Delaware are willing to take the risk, and Lewis said that JMU has shown interest in Robertson as a running back as well. Robertson is averaging 11.1 yards per carry and has 21 touchdowns and 1,032 yards on 93 carries. He is also the Eagles' leading tackler (110 tackles) and has three interceptions, four batted passes, a caused fumble and a sack.
Robertson got an offer from JMU during a visit on Nov. 1 and Delaware offered a few days later, according to Lewis.
"He's kind of small for a [Division I-A] linebacker and inexperienced at safety, but he has very good instincts," Lewis said. "In our passing league, he played safety and he showed fantastic instincts for the ball."
It will be interesting to see how things develop with Robertson as the Eagles start to play on bigger stages throughout the playoffs. Virginia Tech used the a similar approach when it recruited Robertson's former teammate, Ben Barber.
Barber, a quarterback who passed for 1,321 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2007, was recruited as a receiver because of his junior season during which he averaged 19.1 yards per catch and caught 54 balls for 1,034 yards and 12 touchdowns. He plans to enroll at Virginia Tech in January.
"We're still thinking that some Division [I-A] schools might offer," Lewis said.
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