27 May 2022 | 08:54
Roderick Robinson II, one of the top running defenders of 2023 and a native of San Diego, committed to UCLA on Thursday.
Robinson, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound ball carrier from Lincoln High School, made the announcement live on CBS Sports HQ. Robinson is the 16th running player back in his class and has a 4-star outlook, according to 247Sports.
Robinson made an official visit to UCLA earlier this month and picked the Bruins through Arizona, Auburn, Cal, Georgia, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas A&M. He scored 1,273 yards and 17 touchdowns last season in high school.
Robinson said on Twitter: “Lucky to be a Bruin.
– Roderick Robinson II (@roderob204) May 26, 2022
The back runner told CBS Sports HQ that being close to home was “nothing more than a plus,” but his decision was to develop a relationship with head coach Chip Kelly and run the coach again. DeShaun Foster, who spent six seasons in the NFL following a stellar career at UCLA.
“Coach Foster, he’s been to the NFL in my place so I feel like he knows what it takes to go to the NFL in my position,” Robinson said.
Robinson added that Kelly has been “at the highest level” of college football, including the Rose Bowl and national championship games.
“So I think that was a big benefit in my decision,” Robinson said. “And just with the culture and upbringing that they have with the team, I think they’re going to do great things this season.”
Robinson safely joins Ty Lee of St. announced for next year’s NFL draft.