By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
Just give Justin Robertson a position and he will do everything he can to play it and play it well.
That’s exactly what the South coaches will find out this week as the Noxapater senior takes part in the MAC Bernard Blackwell All-Star Football Game in Gulfport.
“Anything you ask of him, he will attempt to do it,” said Noxapater head football coach Justin Hunter. “If he has trouble with it, he will ask after practice and just keep on working on it. He is willing to play where you need him to play and do what you need him to do.”
That’s one of the reasons Hunter feels like the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Robertson would be a strong addition to any college football program.
“I think his biggest thing is just how coachable he is and how versatile he is,” Hunter said. “But he also has that natural ability. His hips are great on defense and he has really, really good hands. He’s not the biggest, but he just doesn’t want to go down when he has the football. The kid has got a lot of heart.”
The players were set to report to Clinton on Wednesday, where they will be bussed to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to begin three days of practice in preparation for the game that will kick off at 11:30 a.m. at Gulfport’s Milner Stadium on Saturday. It will be televised locally on WTVA in Tupelo and WTOK in Meridian.
“I just want to see what I can do,” Robertson said of his opportunity to play for the South team. “I’m very excited about it.”
He will likely be slotted as a receiver for the South team, but may see some time as a defensive back.
He began his senior season at Noxapater as a wide receiver but was moved to running back early in the year in a move that paid off handsomely for the Tigers.
“He was an all-state receiver last year, but after four games we moved him to running back and he did a great job for us,” Hunter said.
Hunter finished the season with 1,201 rushing yards an 16 touchdowns on just 115 carries. That’s an average of 10.44 yards for every attempt. He also caught 21 passes for 312 yards and three more touchdowns.
And Robertson wasn’t just an offense-only guy for the Tigers. On defense he recorded 68 tackles and picked off five passes.
Robertson hasn’t made up his mind where he will go to college next season, and is hoping this week’s practices and game will bring him even more recruiting attention. So far he has offers from Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Itawamba Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Hinds Community College, Holmes Community College and East Central Community College.