Only two players in America had more receiving yards than former Amory receiver Dario Robinson did his junior year at Amory, one being the nation’s top overall recruit, Oklahoma receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.
After moving to fill a rushing need as a senior for Amory, Robinson is two years removed from high school, spent a year injured at Southeastern Louisiana and is now a freshman at East Mississippi.
“It’s been kind of crazy,” Robinson said.
He had a pretty good senior year, 801 receiving yards, five touchdowns. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards and scored 10 touchdowns.
His 2010-11 junior season spent solely at receiver: video game good. Robinson put himself on the map with 2,191 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Quarterback Forest Williams was fourth in the nation in passing that season. Robinson was third, behind current Illinois receiver Zach Grant and Green-Beckham.
A late glitch is the only thing that kept Robinson from joining Grant at Illinois. Robinson would double-sign with Southeastern Louisiana and EMCC.
A knee scope just before his freshman season at SELA gave him the push to transfer to East.
“I’m 100 percent. I feel better than I’ve ever felt before,” he said.
It may seem like a step down from senior college, but the Lions are the No. 1 JUCO team in the country. The exposure he’ll get from both his own game and from coaches watching a bevy of other stars is unrivaled.
East is expected to make a run at a second national championship in three years. Robinson’s role will help determine that, as well as where he’ll play out his college football.
“It’s incredible, all type of stars,” Robinson said. “Everybody’s good. The coach teaches us he wants our least player to be the best player.”
Robinson has never been the least and says he’s gotten more explosive and smarter. He currently has four catches for 53 yards and a touchdown in an offense that has thrown the ball to 14 guys, all 14 playing in all six games.