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Hamilton's Gerell Robinson commits to ASU

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Posted: Saturday, January 5, 2008 1:17 pm | Updated: 8:55 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Versatile, athletic Chandler Hamilton football star Gerell Robinson verbally committed to Arizona State on Saturday, giving the Sun Devils the state's top-rated recruit.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Robinson announced his college choice during NBC's broadcast of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl from San Antonio, where he played as a defensive back. He is projected as a wide receiver at the collegiate level.

"Coach (Dennis) Erickson is a great guy, and I like what he does on offense," Robinson told NBC after choosing an ASU cap placed alongside those from Notre Dame and Oregon, his other finalists.

Rated as the nation's No. 52 prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 19 receiver by Scout.com, Robinson had 26 receptions for 524 yards and nine touchdowns for Hamilton this season. He also rushed for 543 yards and four TDs and passed for 843 yards and six scores.

He originally committed to Arizona as a QB in 2006 but chose to re-open his recruitment in September. He was a frequent visitor to ASU practices this year.

Prior to Robinson's announcement, the Sun Devils' 2008 recruiting class -- now with 19 known commitments -- was rated 20th in the country by Scout.com and 25th by Rivals.com.

"When (recruits) come to campus, they spend a lot of time talking to players," Erickson said while ASU was in San Diego for the Holiday Bowl. "There's a lot of good vibes here. ...

"We're so far ahead of where we were a year ago. We're talking to athletes that we haven't talked to before, and we're getting some commitments that are unbelievable right now."

Among the players that remain on ASU's radar include two in-state players rated among the top 20 nationally at their positions, quarterback Sean Renfree of Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep and tight end Dion Jordan of Chandler.

Renfree backed out of his commitment from Georgia Tech last month.

Defensive tackle Lawrence Guy of Las Vegas Western High, who committed to ASU last month, played in the All-American Bowl. He is Nevada's top-rated recruit and the No. 6 player nationally at his position by Scout.com.

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