Three-star defensive end Joshua Robinson will look to provide the Yellow Jackets with a game changer along the line of scrimmage.
A composite three-star prospect, Joshua Robinson was ranked by 247Sports as a top-650 prospect nationally and a top-40 weak side defensive end. He received 30 reported scholarship offers throughout his recruitment with a strong portion of those coming from Power Five programs. Other programs to offer him include Arizona State, Florida, Florida State, Indiana, Michigan, Notre Dame, and West Virginia.
Robinson is one of three defensive lineman signees in the 2021 early signing period joining Noah Collins and Grey Carroll. While the Jackets saw improvements on the offensive line from 2019 to 2020, vast improvements must still be made on the defensive side of the ball. The Jackets have lacked true playmakers on the defensive side of the trenches over the last half decade or so and they hope Robinson along with Collins and Carroll will help turn around the defensive line in the upcoming seasons.
Highlights and what he brings to The Flats:
Robinson first of all has good size for an incoming freshman at 6-foot-4 and about 235-pounds. You would like to see him get closer to about 250 pounds but that weight will come ready once he gets into the strength and transitioning program. With that 6-foot-4 fame also comes quality length which allows him to wrap up ball carriers and quarterbacks even when perhaps not in the greatest of positions to mean a play. He has a good first step that still has room for improvement but the foundation is there for Robinson when you include is his quality strength and athleticism. Additionally, he shows good hand work and shows some good bend as well. Finally, he shows a high football IQ with the ability to read the play both pre-snap and while in progress.
His Future on The Flats:
Robinson has the tape and measurable that makes you really excited for what he could do at the next level. Seeing the Jackets could use as much production and depth as possible on the defensive line, I don’t think it’s out of the question Robinson sees the field in 2021. He should at least play in four game and if his play warrants, be a full-time regular on the Jackets defensive line. Long term, however, Robinson very much a talent that looks like a multi-year starter down the road. There’s a lot to like about the Douglasville native.