Clemson Defensive Lineman Transferring To West Virginia

Clemson Defensive Lineman Transferring To West Virginia


Jabril Robinson

Clemson defensive lineman Jabril Robinson is headed to West Virginia.

As a graduate transfer, Robinson is a fifth-year senior who will enroll at WVU this summer and will be immediately eligible to play for the Mountaineers in the fall. The 6-foot-2, 270-pound defensive end from Leland, N.C., is the third grad transfer who will join West Virginia’s football team this season, as USC defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow and UCLA cornerback Denzel Fisher had each previously announced their plans on spending their final collegiate seasons with the Mountaineers.

With Bigelow and Robinson, WVU’s defensive line depth significantly improves over what was available in spring practice. Reese Donahue, Darius Stills and Ezekiel Rose emerged from spring drills as the starters in the defensive front with Jeffrey Pooler and Brenon Thrift having earned praise from West Virginia’s coaches as capable backups. Now add Bigelow and Robinson to the mix, as well as incoming freshmen Dante Stills, James Gmiter and Tyrese Allen. All the sudden the Mountaineers defensive line rotation could feature as many as eight or nine players, which would be the most depth that position has enjoyed in a number of years. WVU needed some additional bodies in its defensive front after four d-line underclassmen – Lamonte McDougle, Adam Shuler, Jalen Harvey and Jaleel Fields – left the program in recent months.

Robinson came to Clemson from North Brunswick (N.C.) High School in 2014. After redshirting his first year with the Tigers, he began to work his way into Clemson’s defensive line rotation in 2015, recording 19 tackles combined as a redshirt freshman and sophomore. Last year he moved into a regular backup role, finishing his junior campaign with 19 tackles in 11 games. He was CU’s co-defensive player of the game against Georgia Tech on Oct. 28 after posting three tackles against the Yellow Jackets.

Robinson decided to leave Clemson shortly after the 2017 season came to an end in hopes of finding more playing time at another school. He simply faced a logjam when it came to getting on the field for the Tigers. Clemson’s defensive line in 2018 will feature four players who are potential first-round NFL draft choices next spring – Dexter Lawrence, Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant. CBSsports.com currently has those four all going in the top 21 picks in next year’s draft.

With such talent ahead of him at Clemson, Robinson decided to look for a new home for his senior season. And now he’s choosen to spend it at West Virginia.