Sunday, June 10, 2012
Teammates tackle recruiting together
By Derek Tyson GatorNation
MIRAMAR, Fla. -- Miami Southridge coach Lamont Green is no stranger to the recruiting process. After all, he was the USA Today defensive player of the year in 1994 before becoming an all-conference linebacker at Florida State.
So Green knows having two defensive backs on the same team with more than 40 scholarship offers each is rare. But that's exactly what he has in Jamal Carter and Lamar Robbins, who competed in the South Florida Under Armour Sevens on Saturday.
"It's a real blessing having two DBs of their caliber," Green said, "especially being the leaders that they are. The size is one thing, the strength is one thing, but when you get kids that are just fluid and very good football players and they've been doing it a very long time -- I'm in a good situation with them."
Jamal Carter (left) hasn't named a favorite, but did say Miami is always near the top of the list, while Lamar Robbins said Oklahoma has impressed him lately.
Green says Carter, who has received offers from FSU, Miami, LSU, Arkansas, Ohio State and Florida, is a unique talent.
"Jamal has a rare combination of size, speed, athletic ability and intelligence," Green said. "He comes from a long line of defensive backs. His father and uncles were all college defensive backs. He just possesses a rare formula that you don't find every day. That's why he has over 50 offers."
Despite all of the attention, Carter says he is trying to not let the recruiting pressure get to him.
"I'm just open right now to every school," Carter said. "I have a lot offers coming in, but I just have to stay humble and stay focused. I'm going to take some visits, I just don't know where to yet."
With Miami being the hometown team, some would assume the Canes might be the team to beat for Carter. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete said that even though Miami has always been near the top of his list, he has no leader.
"They are up there, they've always up there," Carter said. "They going to always be up there. I'm just open right now and don't want to put anybody on top. I'll probably make a decision sometime this summer though."
As for Robbins, well, he just has rare athletic ability that can't be coached.
"Lamar Robbins is just kind of a freak of nature for a cornerback," Green said. "They really don't have cornerbacks these days that are 6-foot-3 and wear a size eight-and-a-half shoe. He has very quick feet, he has very long arms -- very strong. The best way I can describe Lamar is he's very fluid. Any new drill we do, it looks like he's done it before."
Robbins, who says he hasn't narrowed down his list yet, mentions Oklahoma, West Virginia, Virginia and Georgia Tech as schools that have been in contact with him the most recently. The Sooners extended an offer to Robbins on Friday. Robbins said he hit it off with Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops immediately when they spoke on the phone.
"Coach Stoops is real smooth," Robbins said. "When we talked on the phone, he just got straight to the point, he got straight to business. He didn't really talk much about Oklahoma. He told me about him, and he wanted to hear more about me. He wanted to build a personal relationship with me. They have a good graduation rate, their facilities are great. They have thousands of fans, it's a great school."
Though Robbins won't start to narrow down his list until the fall, he said he does have specific things he is looking for in a school.
"All of them are going to be cream of the crop schools," Robbins said. "So I want to go see how the environment is. So if it feels like home then that's where I'll go. I'll probably go to some in-state camps but I don't have anything planned right now."
Carter says that even though the recruiting process can get overwhelming at times, it's been a fun experience to go through it with his lifelong friend
"We've been friends since we were like 7 years old," Carter said. "We lived in the same neighborhood, went to the same elementary school, same middle school and now the same high school. We are basically like brothers."