July 26, 2010

Tide in top five for FL safety

Miami (FL) Jackson safety Robenson Therezie has seen his offer list grow and his reputation skyrocket this summer as he continues to impress coaches around the country with his speed and playmaking instincts. As the 5-foot-11, 180-pound defensive back closes out a busy summer, he plans on putting the recruiting process on hold for a few months before picking things back up later this year.

"Right now, Robenson is focused on going out there and making a strong impression at all the camps," said Jackson defensive coordinator Jon Drummond. "He wants to work hard, focus on getting better and take a step back from recruiting so he can have a great senior season with his high school team and be a leader for his teammates. He really cares about those guys and he wants to really give them his all this year."

Therezie recently named his top five schools, which included Auburn, Florida, Miami, Tennessee and Alabama, and over the last month he got a chance to visit several of those top five, including a recent visit to Tuscaloosa.

"He said he a had a really great time at the camp in Tuscaloosa last week. He was there for two days and Coach Saban got to coach him personally during a lot of the drills. Robenson felt like Coach Saban was really happy with his work ethic. The coaches threw a lot of different schemes at him to see what he could handle and he didn't get frustrated and seemed to take it all in pretty well. Robenson said he loved the kind of things they were doing defensively and it looked like a really fun defense to be a part of."

"I think Coach Saban is a really big part of the appeal of Alabama for Robenson. They are one of the best programs in the nation and they have shown that they do a lot to develop their players and help you get better while you're there but when the position you play is coached by the head coach who also happens to be one of the best in the game, that's always going to be a major positive."

A recent unofficial visit to Auburn also put the Tigers in contention for the Miami star.

"A lot of teams talk about family atmosphere but it seems like at Auburn they really mean it. You can just watch the players and coaches interacting with each other, even after workouts and practices. They really seem to all like each other and care about each other, not just as players and coaches. That's really appealing to be around."

While Therezie has yet to receive offers from the home state powerhouses in Gainesville and Miami, both schools have expressed interest and could offer soon, according to Drummond.

"Florida was really impressed with him last week and Robenson had a really long conversation with Coach Meyer before he left. It seems like Florida is definitely interested, just like most schools that have had a chance to see him in person."

With his senior season on the horizon, Drummond said he doesn't expect Therezie to make a decision before the end of the fall semester.

"The earliest he would decide would be the end of the season. He doesn't want to be focused on anything but his schoolwork and his high school team until the semester is over."

As a junior, Therezie compiled 81 tackles and 3 interceptions. He is rated the No. 15 safety prospect in the country by Rivals.com.

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