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Monday, December 23, 2013 11:54 AM
Jabril Robinson draws rave reviews at Shrine Bowl
by Nikki Steele
Staff Writer

SPARTANBURG – If you were to ask any of Clemson’s defensive tackles what makes Dan Brooks a great coach, they would tell you it’s because he cares.

That caring attitude and Brooks’ ability to treat his players like they are his own children is what initially drew defensive end commit Jabril Robinson to Clemson.

The two-star prospect out of Leland (NC) North Brunswick told TigerNet last week that the bond he forged with Brooks is what initially attracted him to Clemson.

“He [Brooks] stays on top of me and treats me like I’m his son,” Robinson told TigerNet. “He wasn’t like all of the other recruiters and just called me every once in a while. He was there and he showed interest in me. I really liked that.”

That relationship combined with the home feel of Clemson led Robinson to commit to the Tigers in July at the All-In Cookout.

“The home atmosphere. They already treated me like family before I ever committed,” Robinson said. “It was very nice and wonderful.”

When the Shrine Bowl roster were announced in October, Robinson had 41 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and five sacks, and he said that he was excited to show what he could do against some of the best players in the Carolinas.

“It’s been wonderful to get to see some of my Clemson commits.” Robinson said. “It has been a wonderful experience and I’m getting to go up against some of the best players as well.”

Robinson was an unknown heading into Saturday’s Shrine Bowl, but drew rave reviews from some who attended Shrine Bowl practice throughout the week – even leading some to compare him to a certain star from the University of South Carolina.

“They claim that I look like Jadeveon Clowney,” Robinson said. “I’m quick. I can’t take anything from him. He’s a great player.”

Robinson may not have all of the hype surrounding his recruitment that Clowney enjoyed, but when the 6-3, 250-pound end enrolls in Clemson in June he plans to make an immediate impact.

“At Junior Day – this is has always stuck with me- they told me, ‘Don’t come to Clemson if think you’re going to red-shirt your first year.’ I’m taking that as the plan and we’ll see when we get there,” Robinson said.

As a junior, Robinson had 72 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, and two forced fumbles.



Nikki Steele can be reached at nikki@tigernet.com