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Thibodaux’s Amik Robertson established himself among Louisiana’s top DBs — even with a torn ACL

No other defensive backs appeared in any hurry to match up against Devonta Smith.

So Amik Robertson headed to the line against the Amite star, arguably Louisiana’s top wide receiver for the 2017 recruiting class.

“I had heard a lot of guys before the drill kind of like, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna do this,’ or ‘I’m gonna do that,’” Robertson explains, setting the scene of the Jan. 24 camp in New Orleans. “So when one-on-one drills started, Devonta was the first one up there to start running routes. Me, being the underdog, I didn’t want to be too greedy, so I didn’t wanna fly up there. But I didn’t see anyone go up there, so me as a competitive guy, me and him went face to face.

Amik Robertson scores touchdown

Thibodaux standout Amik Robertson established himself as one of Louisiana’s best 2017 cornerback prospects — even while playing on an undiagnosed torn ACL. (Courtesy of Klint Landry)

“It was good D, but he winded up catching the ball, because his feet were so big, and when we were wrestling for the ball, I ended up tripping up with his feet and falling. But at the end of the day, I knew it was good D, but that I just made one false step.”

The exchange was a minor and rare misstep on an afternoon in which the Thibodaux standout bolstered his case as one of the state’s top prospects.

A bigger challenge to his confidence was waiting at home where his father, Arthur Watts, had received a surprising message from the doctor Amik had visited that week for what he considered a precautionary visit.

“I just figured it was probably some soreness or something,” Amik remembers, “Until they said, ‘No, it’s a torn ACL.’ And that’s when I just broke down. I didn’t know what to do.

“It was really a big stab in my heart because I had put in a lot of work. I put a lot of work in, and to just have a devastating injury like that, I was thinking, ‘Why would God choose me out of everybody — out of everybody — when I was just doing what I was supposed to be doing, just trying to get better?’ By me tearing my ACL, I just thought it was the end for me.”


LSU QB Lindsey Scott’s ‘stupid’ work ethic, coming of age: From cottage cheese to college scholarship

The exchange is now almost as routine as the workout regiment that once concerned his new coach.

Lindsey Scott Jr. shakes his head and rolls his eyes as teammates Douglas Coleman and Kellton Hollins flaunt small bags of chips and cookies.

Jerit Roser and Lindsey Scott discuss work ethic, diet and character.

Jerit Roser and Lindsey Scott caught up before the now-former Zachary star enrolled at LSU to discuss his work ethic, diet and character. (Jerit Roser)

The Zachary wide receiver and offensive lineman — bound for Texas Tech and TCU, respectively — even tease that they’ll pose and send pictures of the quarterback with the snacks to his father.

But, by now, Scott has embraced and taken ownership of his focused diet, just as he did the more physical aspects of his relentless preparation techniques long ago.

“We’re strict with it certain times of the year,” says Scott, who signed with nearby LSU in February. “This is one of those times, going into the summer. My friends joke about it all the time, because they’ll go, ‘Hey, Lindsey, you wanna go to Wingstop?’ And then they’ll say, ‘Oh, never mind. You can’t come!’

“But, I mean, I’m used to it, and I like the food. It’s fun because you can get creative at times. Eating is always a big component of healthy living and working out. It’s a part of my life and something I’m used to. It’s my thing.”


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Or maybe not….

Jerit Roser taking pictures“You’ll be back,” Sean Fox told me just a few weeks ago on his radio show as we discussed my venture away from a sports journalism industry far more frustrating and taxing at times than many people outside of it ever realize.

The hectic world where I’d lived — and, I think it’s probably fair to say, thrived — for three years at The Daily Reveille at LSU, two and a half years at The News-Star in Monroe and then the past nearly four years at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.

I told pretty much everyone with whom I spoke about the career move that “I’ll still be around in some capacity.”

And here — other than me still megaphoning recruiting commitments via Twitter around the priorities of my new job — is my first real sign of backing that up.