The De La Salle football program has been a household name when it comes to high school sports for the last 20+ years. The Catholic school out of Concord, CA has produced as many top quality student-athletes as any High School in the country. What has always interested me in De La Salle is their commitment to running the ball in a world filled with 4/5 WR sets and spread offenses.
It seems like De La Salle’s run game is always consistent because of great offensive line play but every once in a while the ball carrier behind that offensive line is a once in a generation talent. This last season, Junior RB/DB Kairee Robinson, put on a show and proved that he is the next great De La Salle RB. Robinson established himself as one of the top overall football players in the West Region by rushing for 2000+ Yards with 25 TD’s, as well as starting in the secondary for De La Salle’s CIF State Finalist team.
When I began watching film I could not help but see the similarities between Robinson and former De La Salle stud Maurice Jones-Drew. Both backs stand at about 5-8, 190 and punish defenders with lightning quick speed and explosive strength combinations. During Jones-Drew junior season he also rushed for 2,000 yards, averaged nearly 12 yards per carry, and scored 26 touchdowns. He was rated as a four-star recruit and ranked as the No. 1 all-purpose back in the nation in 2003 by Rivals.com.
What impresses me the most about both athletes is their versatility on the football field. Robinson and Jones-Drew are both excellent pass catchers out of the backfield and contribute heavily on defense and in the return game when needed. A lot of running backs that are featured are not asked to do other things, not the case with Robinson. We look forward to seeing what school lands this top talent when signing day hits in 2018.