Tech still in picture as Demetris Robertson decision extends

From the sounds of an interview conducted this week, five-star prospect Demetris Robertson is not close to a decision about where he will attend college, possibly Georgia Tech.

Robertson, considered the No. 1 wide receiver prospect in the country, spoke with a podcast on the Rivals website on Monday about where he stood with his decision. Tech, Georgia, Alabama, Cal, Notre Dame and Stanford are apparently all in the picture.

Tech has set aside a scholarship for Robertson, who would be the highest-rated prospect to select the Yellow Jackets at least since Calvin Johnson and a potential impact player as they aim to rebound from their 3-9 season in 2015.

Robertson has two more official visits that he can take (prospects are allowed five, and he has taken three, to Tech, Cal and Notre Dame) and indicated that he plans to take both. The decision on which among Stanford, Georgia and Alabama depends on whether or not he achieves a high enough score (1,500) to initiate the application process at Stanford and clear the path for an official visit there. He would then choose between Alabama and Georgia for the remaining visit. If he can’t achieve that score – DawgNation reported that he was about 100 points shy and was expected to receive his test score Thursday – then the final two visits would be to Alabama and Georgia.

Robertson said the plan has been to make a decision between the 13th and 17th of February, but that would obviously precede a visit next weekend.

“If my brother decides for me to do it on the 17th, then I’ll go on the 17th, but I can go even longer,” he said. “Probably another week longer.”

Robertson said he had a good time during his official visit at Tech prior to national signing day. He acknowledged it is in a different setting from other options.

“It was way different,” he said. “Because, usually when you go to, like, Alabama, there’s really no city like Atlanta, a big city, around. But Atlanta’s downtown, right there, everything’s near you.”

Robertson said that his mother favors Tech and is pushing the school “a lot.” He also said she isn’t keen on Cal or Stanford because of the distance. (Robertson’s family situation is not the standard. His older brother Carlos is his legal guardian. His mother lives in Lagrange.)

"She's like 45 minutes away and it's a good education," Robertson said.

Potentially complicating matters for his remaining visits is that Robertson plays for the Savannah Christian basketball team, which plays a Region 3-A semifinal game Friday night with the championship game on Saturday. Further, it would appear that Savannah Christian has a good chance to make the Class A Private state high school tournament, which begins next week. The 16-team includes region champions and is filled in with the highest-rated teams by power ranking. Savannah Christian was No. 12 as of Tuesday morning.

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Ken Sugiura
Ken Sugiura
Ken Sugiura covers Georgia Tech sports for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.