Demeioun Robinson is a dominant defensive end at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Md. The All-American Bowl commit is regarded as the most ferocious pass rusher to play in the DMV since Chase Young disrupted offensive game plans for DeMatha.
Robinson’s ability to get to the quarterback has earned him offers from top programs in the country, including Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, Penn State and Maryland. He is long, athletic, equipped with a high motor and his first step is lethal. That said, despite the countless hours Robinson spends in the weight room and on the field bettering his game, it was an off-field tragedy that helped him develop into the young man he is today.
“I was in the basement [my room] playing the game, and then I heard my mom screaming upstairs,” Robinson said. “So then I walked upstairs, and I seen the police officer -- and my mom was just screaming and I asked her, ‘What happened? What happened?’ and she wouldn’t respond to me. And then my sister was sitting next to my mom and I asked her, ‘What happened? What happened?’ and she wouldn’t respond. And then I asked her again and she said, ‘they said A-Rod passed away.’
“I just broke down right there. I kicked the fan, I punched the wall and I just started screaming.”
A-Rod was Robinson’s older brother and someone he said “always believed in me and pushed me to be great.” His untimely death occurred when Robinson was a freshman at Clarksburg -- a time in which the young man was already struggling to adjust to life at the next level.
“I was just thinking like, going into high school, that it was gonna be easy,” Robinson said. “So I just started going to school. I wasn’t doing my work.”
Mixing the loss of a loved one with his attempts to navigate the waters of his new surroundings was difficult for Robinson. He found himself devastated, and he wasn’t the only one -- his siblings struggled to find a way to cope and his mother, who had previously lost a daughter, was inconsolable.
“She was just always alone and stayed in her room. She kept quiet. She usually always talked, but she stopped talking. She stayed to herself,” Robinson said.
In that moment, he had a choice: He could fall to the wayside and embrace a life of crime and violence, or he could dedicate himself to manifesting a way out. He chose the latter.
“It made me look at life totally different. It was like, I never thought he would be gone so soon, so it made me work hard. My GPA went up way more. I started working out 24/7 and never took things for granted,” Robinson said. “It made me always want to be the best for him.”
Robinson’s hard work allowed the junior to serve as centerpiece to the Cougars’ predatory defense. He led QO in tackles and tackles for loss. He registered 14 sacks, blocked 6 punts, intercepted a pass and scored two touchdowns.
The memory of his brother is omnipresent -- it drives him to achieve the levels of greatness they once spent hours talking about. According to Robinson, whenever the road seems long and he doesn’t feel like studying or working out, there is one phrase that he repeats to himself to put it all back into perspective.
“#All4AROD. This is all for him and my sister,” Robinson said. “They’re the reason I work as hard as I do in the classroom and in the weight room. Everything I’ve gotten thus far and everything I will do is all for them. It’s #All4AROD.”
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