This week’s feature is with former Savannah Christian standout athlete Demetris Robertson.
Robertson attends Cal Berkley where he is a wide receiver on the Bears football team.
Robertson entered Cal with plenty of accolades. He was a three-sport athlete at SCPS, playing football, basketball and running track.
He was the nation’s top-ranked receiver and No. 8 player overall in the 2016 recruiting class according to Rivals as well as fivestar recruit of Rivals, Scout, 247Sports and 247Sports Composite. Robertson had college recruiters drooling for his services but he eventually selected Cal over Georgia, Alabama and Notre Dame as well as countless others. He announced his decision to attend Cal at a press conference from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta on May 1, nearly three months after National Signing Day.
His former coach, Sonny Dykes, was glad Robertson made Cal his choice.
“Demetris is one of the most gifted athletes I have ever coached and had a great first season at Cal but he is even more impressive as a person. He is incredibly coachable, an extremely hard worker, an excellent student and a great teammate. We are so happy to have him at Cal and can’t wait to see what the future has in store,” states Dykes.
Dykes was fired from Cal in early January.
In his first season of collegiate football, the 6-foot, 175-pound speedster caught 50 passes for 767 yards and seven touchdowns.
When asked if he was surprised at the receiving numbers he had this season, his answer was no, because that was his goal from the beginning. “In high school when I signed, I wanted to be one of the best freshmen in the country and to make an impact.”
The Bears finished the season with a 5-7 record. Robertson’s best game was probably the Washington State contest where he had six receptions for 141 yards and a 57 yard touchdown catch. “I think the numbers I put up were pretty good”, he said. He also caught four passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns against Arizona State.
His play caught notice of others, as he was named to four Freshman All-American teams. USA Today, ESPN.com, 247Sports and Campus Insiders have all selected Robertson to their respective Freshman All-American squads.
Robertson co-led all freshmen nationally with his seven touchdown receptions, while he was the Pac- 12 leader and third among rookies nationally in receiving yards and receiving yards per game (63.9). Robertson was also second in the conference and sixth nationally in receptions while his five receptions of 50 or more yards rank tied for fifth among all players nationally. Robertson broke Cal single season freshman records by current NFL players Keenan Allen (receptions) and Desean Jackson (receiving yards) while also equaling Jackson’s Cal freshman mark for touchdown receptions. His nine catches for 92 yards at Southern Cal were a career best. He had a career-high-tying two touchdowns twice in backto back contests at Arizona State and vs. Utah. Robertson was second on the club behind ESPN first-team All- Pac-12 selection Chad Hansen in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
Robertson’s career is certainly off to a good start but there is always room for improvement.
“I will work with the quarterbacks to get timing down, releases, route running and get stronger in the weight room”. That was the response he gave when asked about his plans to improve his game during the off season.
Robertson worked his way up the depth charts during preseason camp and when Cal opened their season against Hawaii on August 26, he was in the starting line up. He played in all 12 games this season, earning 11 starts. All of the hard work started in fall camp when he had to make the adjustment from playing running back in high school to wide receiver in college.
“I had to adjust because I didn’t really play wide receiver in high school. I stayed after practice and had to learn the different concepts for the offense”.
Off the field, Robertson is enjoying his time on the west coast and says that he didn’t have to make any big adjustments from living on the eastern seaboard.
“I’m blending in with my classmates and teammates,” he states. He went on to add “I like hanging out with friends. I go on top of the hill to look at the view of campus. You can see San Francisco from here. It’s co calming.”
In the classroom, Robertson is majoring in environmental design. He said that he enrolled in Native American Studies, environmental design, college writing and physical education for the fall semester.
Robertson is the son of Mildred Robertson. He has a twin sister ( Shanetris) and two older brothers (Carlos and Michael).