Oregon Ducks linebacker Tyrell Robinson, a freshman from Lincoln High School (San Diego, California), enters his first season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Robinson and his twin brother Tyree who wears #2 for the Ducks were well sought after prep prospects. Robinson may be one of the most athletic commitments from the 2013 class. He played everything from wide receiver to interior defensive lineman, showing his ridiculous size and speed. And at 6’4″ and 201 lbs, his size also helped him on the hardwood. Robinson averaged 16.9 PPG and 5.9 RPG as a senior making the 2012 Cal-Hi All-State Grid-Hoop Team. On the gridiron, Robinson posted 13 tackles and five catches for 72 yards (14.4 YPC) as a junior. His senior season was when he burst onto the national scene. Robinson finished with 111 tackles (68 unassisted, 43 assisted), 12.5 sacks, two interceptions and seven fumble recoveries. Robinson also had 15 catches for 266 yards (17.7 YPC) and one touchdown. He was a member of the Cal-Hi all-state first team as a defensive lineman.
Scout, Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports all listed Robinson as a four-star talent. Scout and Rivals were both the highest on Robinson, listing him as the No. 5 OLB prospect in the country. Scout listed his assets as his athleticism, instincts and vision while knocking him on his strength.
Here’s one evaluation of Robinson:
“Robinson is an instinctive outside linebacker who is quick off the edge rushing the passer. He’s also a receiver so he’s comfortable in pass coverage, but he’s also a good tackler in space because of his change of direction. He can drop into the slot and cover a receiver or blitz from the outside with effectiveness. A basketball player, the sky is the limit for Robinson if he focuses full time on football.” – Scott Kennedy
Robinson held offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Georgia, Missouri, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State and at least 10 other Division 1 programs. Of course, he and his brother both eventually elected to join the Ducks.
Going into the 2013 season, Robinson will almost certainly redshirt. Despite the huge loss from 2012, the Ducks have a handful of capable replacements with experience in the program. Robinson can spend the year developing under linebacker coach Don Pellum and come back in 2014 in line to earn a spot on the two-deep.