East Lansing, MI
2016 DE Auston Robertson finally signed his national letter of intent with Michigan State today. Robertson is the #1 player in the state of Indiana for the 2016 class. The 6’5” 260# defensive beast is nimble on his feet and able to move both north and south and east and west.
Robertson originally committed to MSU over offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame among many others this past summer. He is a key addition to what was already Mark Dantonio’s best signing class. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ENTIRE 2016 SIGNING CLASS.
Robertson was selected to play in the International Bowl for Team USA in Texas.
Robertson was arrested in January, 2016 with a battery charge that was related to an October 22, 2015 incident at his high school. Robertson was accused of improperly touching a female classmate, per the Allen Superior Court. Robertson was released on January 18 of this year with a $750 bond. He has since had a status hearing at the court in February. He entered a diversionary program for the offense.
In the past Robertson has faced misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief, damaging or defacing property, and resisting arrest. Those charges were dropped in Allen Superior Court in September of last year. He also had been suspended from his team for violation of team rules.
Robertson has a troubled past, with a major talent. Perhaps being in East Lansing can help the young Spartan to grow and mature. There is no doubt that he is a key addition to what is now considered by many the best defensive line recruiting class in the nation. That class consists of Robertson, Naquan Jones, Josh King and Mike Panasiuk.
24/7 Sports originally reported this story and Spartan Nation was able to obtain confirmation.
Here is the official release and comments from MSU Football
Auston Roberston Signs National Letter of Intent With Michigan State
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio has announced the signing of Auston Robertson to a National Letter of Intent and Big Ten Tender. Robertson, a 6-5, 240-pound defensive end from Wayne High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, faxed in his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday morning. Robertson is the No. 2 ranked prospect in the state of Indiana by ESPN.com and Rivals.com and rated one of the top defensive ends in the nation by several media outlets.
“Our decision to accept Auston Robertson’s signed National Letter of Intent and Big Ten Tender has been evaluated over the last three months while utilizing all resources available to us to thoroughly review his situation,” Dantonio said.
“Our relationship with Auston began last summer when he committed to Michigan State. When we accepted his verbal (commitment), we also made a commitment to him and his family. We elected not to sign him in early February, and since then he has been accepted into a pretrial diversionary program and must continue to satisfy those requirements. Given all the information available to us, we believe Auston should be provided with an opportunity to begin his education and playing career at Michigan State.”
DE | 6-5 | 240 | Fort Wayne, Indiana
Wayne High School | Coach Derrick Moore
Primary Recruiter: Dave Warner
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the nation’s top prospects by 247Sports.com (No. 101), Rivals.com (No. 140) and ESPN.com (No. 158) . . . ranked among the country’s top defensive ends by 247Sports.com (No. 9 weakside defensive end), Rivals.com (No. 10 strongside) and ESPN.com (No. 20) . . . listed among the Midwest’s top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 15) . . . rated among the state’s top seniors by ESPN.com (No. 2), Rivals.com (No. 2) and 247Sports.com (No. 3) . . . represented the U.S. Under-19 National Team vs. Canada in the 2016 International Bowl in Arlington, Texas . . . played for Coach Derrick Moore at Wayne High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana . . . produced 36 tackles as a senior, with 8.5 resulting in losses including three sacks (24 yards) . . . also credited with a forced fumble and two pass break-ups in 2015 . . . tallied seven tackles, with two for losses including a 13-yard sack, vs. Bishop Dwenger . . . made a season-high 10 stops vs. Bishop Luers, including 2.5 for losses . . . also caught seven passes for 97 yards (13.9 avg.) and one touchdown as a senior . . . named to The Associated Press Class 5A all-state first team in 2014 while helping the Generals to a 9-2 record . . . selected to the Indiana Football Coaches Association’s Top 50 All-State Team as a junior . . . also earned All-Northeast Indiana first-team honors in 2014 . . . recorded a career-best 86 tackles as a junior, with 31 coming behind the line of scrimmage including 15 sacks . . . posted 11 tackles, with 4.5 for losses including 2.5 sacks (15 yards), vs. Bishop Dwenger . . . registered 10 stops, including one for a loss, vs. Kokomo . . . set career highs with 16 receptions for 213 yards (13.3 avg.) and three TDs in 2014 . . . son of Art Austin and Dana Dumont . . . born Aug. 5, 1997.