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On Monday, Oklahoma continued their streak of commitments with All Saints Episcopal wide receiver, Jaylon Robinson. The Sooners had a lot going for them in terms of Robinson’s recruitment. For one, it was no secret that Oklahoma was his dream school from the beginning. To add, he is a big fan of Oklahoma freshman wide receiver, Charleston Rambo, going as far to say he’s the athlete that motivates him the most during an interview in April. With that, it was no surprise that Jaylon announced his de-commitment from Texas Tech, whom he’s been committed to since last October, just two days after receiving an off from the Sooners.
Eighteen days after being offered, he made his commitment official via Twitter:
— JayFla⚡️h™ (@Jaylon_D1) June 26, 2017
Johnson is a composite 3-star recruit according to 247Sports (and yes, he is ranked as a 4-star prospect by Rivals), ranked 28th at his position (ATH) and 463rd overall. He is the 14th commitment in Oklahoma’s 2018 class moving them up to 1st in the Big 12 and 7th nationally.
Moving onto the film…
Speed & Quickness:
It should be pretty evident from the first play on film that Jaylon Robinson can fly. He’s clocked at 4.54, 40 verified by Nike SPARQ, however it wouldn’t be surprising to see him trim that time down just a bit.
Jaylon’s first two plays on film are kickoff returns in which you can get an immediate sense of his overall speed. Looking at the first, you see the kicking team do a pretty decent job of filling the lanes in the middle of the field. However, Robinson is able to use his speed to exploit a small gap and get a one-on-one matchup with the kicker.
Another good example of Robinson’s speed is at the 1:08 mark in the film above. You see Robinson lined up in the slot with one-on-one coverage. He uses a simple jab-step off the line and then it’s all speed from there.
However it isn’t Robinson’s straight-line speed that impresses most but his quickness and ability to change direction and stop-and-go almost effortlessly. It is somewhat reminiscent of Ryan Broyles ability albeit I’m not ready to say it’s on the same level.
Here is Robinson in a drill at a Rivals camp earlier this year. It isn’t a football play per say, but it does a nice job of showcasing Robinson’s impressive ability to stop-and-go on a dime.
Jaylon trains with Margin Hooks who formerly trained highly-touted 2017 prospects, Charleston Rambo and Eno Benjamin, as well as 2018 All-American’s, Tommy Bush and Terrace Marshall. Hooks specializes in footwork and route running which is evident when watching Robinson who runs some of the more crisp and precise routes you’re going to see from a 2018 wide receiver.
Check out this route by Robinson:
Right away you’re going to see the speed of Robinson chew up the 8-yard cushion between him and the DB. It’s a simple 8-yard post but Robinson adds 3-step jab going into the cut. This baits the DB into opening up the outside, allowing Robinson cross inside on the post and gain separation deep.
Now, check out this route:
This time he gets the DB to bite on the post-route before cutting back into a curl. The DB cannot get out of the cut in time creating 4 to 5 yards of separation.
These routes are quick, crisp, and to-the-point. No dancing, no added steps, just solid technique and a good understanding of the route tree.
To be a successful wide receiver at the next level you have to be both physically and mentally tough. A recent example of this would Oklahoma’s Geno Lewis. Lewis wasn’t the most prolific or flashy wide receiver to come through the program, but his role on Lincoln Riley’s offense can’t go understated. Smart, dependable and most importantly tough. Lewis made a number of big catches through traffic and contact that may not have been touchdowns and highlight plays, but they kept the chains moving for the offense.
Robinson shows flashes of this throughout his film. You see throws that are either short or too high that Robinson goes up to get despite putting himself in position to take a big hit. You can coach a technique and schemes to perfection, but you can’t coach that type of fight. You can’t make a kid want to make the tough plays. They either have it or they don’t and Robinson is a kid that looks to have it.
Robinson is one of the more polished prospects you’re going to see heading into their senior year. He’s a guy that has clearly put in the work and continues to put in the work to be ready to contribute at the next level on day one.
We’re going to continue to do some of these breakdowns heading into the season. They’ll likely be moved to Thursday’s.
Next up: Treveon Johnson