Lake City DB eyes Clemson offer

Lake City DB eyes Clemson offer

One of the up-and-coming defensive backs in South Carolina could be on the verge of receiving his very first scholarship offer.

Make no mistake about it, Sheldon Robinson is a name to keep an eye on when recruiting season begins to heat up.

While he currently has no offers, that is sure to change as the spring evaluation period gets underway in a couple of weeks.

When you first look at the 5-foot-9, 155-pound junior's statistics from last season, nothing really jumps out and bites you. Sure he had four interceptions at Lake City High School (SC), but he had just 22 tackles from his cornerback spot.

But sometimes, statistics can be deceiving and Robinson is a perfect example of that.

When you go inside the other numbers, that's when you find the true skills of an athlete and the skills Robinson showed off at the Under-Armour Combine in January proved this small-town young man has the talent to a big-time player one day.

During his time in Orlando, Robinson was clocked in the 40 with a 4.38 time, while posting a 37-inch vertical jump.

Sheldon Robinson
His skills caught the eyes of a lot big schools, most notably West Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina, but luckily for Clemson, assistant coach Danny Pearman had long been in contact with him before word of his skills got out.

Robinson's appreciation for Clemson being the first one was one of the reasons he took a visit to Tigertown this past Saturday as part of Clemson's second Junior Day session of the winter.

"I really liked my visit," he said.

Robinson, who visited Clemson with his mother, was impressed the most with Vickery Hall.

"They talked about our grades. They told us how if we go to Clemson, we will have something we can back up on after football," he said. "My Mom was very impressed with that.

"They showed us Vickery Hall, where the athletes go when they need help with their school work and grades. My Mom was really impressed with Vickery and I was too."

Robinson, who is also seeing some interest from Duke, said academics are very important to him because he wants more out of his college career than just being a football player.

"It is going to be very important for me because football is not forever," he said.

That's were Clemson is sure to have a leg up considering the football program's level of success in terms of graduation.

But as far as football is concerned, Robinson liked what he saw when he took a tour around the facilities.

"I really liked the new facility they are building inside the stadium," he said. "It showed the future is going to be very bright for Clemson."

As far as other visits to other schools, that's still up in the air. And for right now, he is going to concentrate on helping his baseball team qualify for the state playoffs, while the outfielder also plans to try to improve his skills on the track where he runs the 100-meters and the 4x100.

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