LaDarrin Robertson pledges to Texas Tech
By Rick Kretzschmar firstname.lastname@example.org
July 28, 2010 at 3:46 a.m.
Longview football player LaDarrin Robertson is taking a year off playing receiver while wearing the green and gold as a Lobo. He hasn't ruled out playing receiver again when he's wearing the black and red of Texas Tech.
Robertson made a verbal commitment to Texas Tech on Tuesday. Robertson - who is 6-3 and weighs 205 pounds - has been a standout receiver for the Lobos the past two years, but is expected to be Longview's starting quarterback for the 2010 season.
"I just want to get it over with," Robertson said. "I want to play as hard as I can this year so I can play as a true freshman for Texas Tech."
Robertson chose Texas Tech over Oklahoma State, Baylor, Illinois, Louisiana Tech, Alabama, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Louisiana State and Colorado. Verbal commitments are non-binding. The first day Robertson can sign a letter of intent is Feb. 2, 2011.
Primarily as a receiver, Robertson - who is nicknamed Petey - helped Longview to Class 4A Division I state runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2009 with a combined record of 27-5. Playing opposite standout Carey Fortson, who will be a freshman at Louisiana Tech this fall, Robertson had 39 receptions for 472 yards and one touchdown in 2009.
Robertson said Texas Tech has shown serious interest in him since the end of the 2008 season. Robertson said his interest in Texas Tech remained even after head coach Mike Leach was fired amid controversy in December. Tommy Tuberville took over as Texas Tech's head coach in January. Robertson attended a Texas Tech camp last month.
"When I went to their camp, I had a good vibe with their coaches," Robertson said. "I'm very excited about going there."
Robertson said he could also play free safety for Texas Tech, which was 9-4 in 2009 and 5-3 in the Big 12. Longview head coach John King said Robertson's ability to play multiple positions will be a good fit for the Red Raiders.
"He's too good of a player not to be one of the 22 on the field for them," King said.
Longview opens its 2010 season on Aug. 27 at Marshall.