The Georgia Bulldogs’ loaded receiving corps got an additional boost of speed on Saturday when former Cal wide receiver and Savannah native Demetris Robertson announced his commitment to the Red and Black via YouTube.
A former five-star prospect and the #1 rated athlete in the class of 2016 chose Georgia over Alabama and Texas among others.
His potential impact in Athens should have Bulldog fans excited. During his 2016 true freshman season Robertson grabbed 50 passes for 767 yards and 7 touchdowns. To put that in perspective, Isaiah McKenzie led the 2016 Bulldogs with 44 catches for 633 yards and 7 touchdowns (albeit not in former Cal coach Sonny Dykes’ wide open offense).
However Robertson’s sophomore season under new Cal head coach Justin Wilcox was a bit of a disappointment. He caught only 7 passes for 70 yards in two games before surgery ended his season. Robertson announced earlier this year that he planned to transfer for personal reasons, which many suspected meant he wanted to be closer to family in Georgia.
Robertson will likely have to sit out the 2018 season, unless he is granted a waiver by the NCAA. That would require proving that he left Cal for reasons beyond his control and that the transfer is for his health or welfare, that he’s eligible and on track for graduation at UGA, and that Cal does not oppose the waiver. That’s a lot, but it’s not impossible.
Even if he is required to redshirt Robertson would have two seasons of eligibility left. I believe there’s a chance he goes pro after one if he lives up to his significant potential. Georgia is loaded at receiver, no doubt. But the 6’0, 190 pound Robertson is a versatile playmaker with downfield speed and the ability to make defenders miss underneath. He could potentially play any of the receiver spots in Jim Chaney’s offense, though he looks like a natural matchup problem in the slot.
Pair him with Terry Godwin, Mecole Hardman, and Riley Ridley in 2018, and suddenly it’s even better than before to be Jake Fromm. Until later...