Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Bishop Gorman’s 2017 Nevada State Champion Quarterback, Dorian Thompson-Robinsonbelieved by many to be the crown jewel of UCLA’s 2018 recruiting class, signed his national letter of intent today and, in doing so, he officially became a Bruin.
When Thompson-Robinson committed back in April, he made his announcement on Twitter, choosing UCLA over Michigan.
University of California, Los Angeles.— DTR (@DoriansTweets) April 24, 2017
I'm your Quarterback.
S 1 R O M 8 R I U N. 110% pic.twitter.com/8ryfX7oesz
Today, UCLA finally received his National Letter of Intent.
Bruin Nation welcome @DoriansTweets to Westwood.#4sUp | #NSD18 pic.twitter.com/3JF2F23qGR— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) February 7, 2018
Dorian Thompson-Robinson is pretty much the consensus number three-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the country by most scouting sites, and the 50th overall ranked player nationally, according to Rivals.com
Thompson-Robinson is a 6’2” 190 pound quarterback that, according to ESPN, runs a 4.78 40-yard dash, 4.12 20-yard shuttle run, 34.4 inch vertical jump, and has a 100.4 SPARQ.
The MaxPreps highlight film below does a great job highlighting the attributes that make Thompson-Robinson one of the top QBs in the country.
Thompson-Robinson has a knack of hitting wide receivers accurately, allowing them the opportunity to pick up yards after the catch. His athletic ability allows him to move around the pocket, but it does not make him a run-first quarterback. His arm strength and accuracy were highlighted even more as he moved around in the pocket this year. He consistently kept his eyes down the field and was able to find receivers for big plays during his state title run.
While Thompson-Robinson’s accuracy and arm strength are excellent, with Chip Kelly in town, we all expect the spread offense to be a big part of the UCLA offense. He definitely has the athletic ability to read the defensive end and react accordingly to keep them honest or make them pay with his running ability. When Kelly was at Oregon, the quarterbacks accounted for at least 400 rushing yards each season. Thompson-Robinson definitely has the ability to become another member of 400 yard club.
Thompson-Robinson’s area of focus will be what most college players have to focus on, which is the change in the speed of the game from high school to college as well as game experience. The game speeds up in college, and Kelly is obviously known for running a fast-paced, no-huddle offense.
Thompson-Robinson’s lack of quarterbacking experience in high school has been widely reported, as he only became the starting varsity quarterback at Bishop Gorman as a senior. That being said, Thompson-Robinson’s numbers as a senior proved what many already knew: He is a special talent.
It’s been a blast for me to follow DTR’s senior year at Bishop Gorman, and I look forward to following his career at UCLA and beyond.
Welcome to Westwood, DTR!