At 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, Henry Clay football star Davonte Robinson already has impeccable size for a defensive back.
A state champion at the 100 meters as a sophomore, Robinson clearly has more than enough speed to excel at the position.
His high school coach says Robinson possesses the on-the-field instincts and off-the-field work ethic that belong to the elites.
The University of Kentucky's football coaches see him as one of the best defensive backs in the country, and they accepted his commitment last October while still working on their 2015 recruiting class and more than a year before Robinson would be able to sign with the Wildcats.
So why is he regarded as only a three-star player by all of the major recruiting services, when so many others see him as so much more?
Because that's not what drives him.
"He hasn't flaunted himself," said Henry Clay Coach Sam Simpson. "He doesn't go around to a lot of camps and things like that to get star ratings.
"Davonte is a hard worker. He's a selfless individual. He doesn't command a lot of attention; he doesn't require all of that. He's a team player."
Recruiting camps are often where rankings are earned, and it's true that Robinson rarely attends them.
It's not that he's afraid of the competition. He just sees other avenues to success.
"I feel like camps — you're just going there to get stars," he said. "I can prove my game on the field instead of at camps. That's the way I see it."
Robinson has done plenty on the field so far in his short football career.
Henry Clay's coaches noticed his knack for defense — not to mention his freakish blend of size and speed — during his freshman year, and Robinson was immediately inserted into one of the Blue Devils' starting safety spots as a sophomore.
He led the team in tackles that season and again as a junior.
"The instinct that stands out the most to me is his ability to strike," Simpson said. "To hone in on who he wants and go get it. He's like a hawk. He sees the ball carrier or defender, and he pounces on it. The other things are coming. His ball skills have improved tremendously over the past two years."
Simpson noted that Robinson — who also plays wide receiver and running back for Henry Clay and will be a cornerback in college — had a "heck of a day" at the 7-on-7 tournament Saturday that was part of UK's weekend of recruiting camps. The coach talked of one-handed grabs, tipped-ball catches and quick breaks on passes.
Robinson downplayed his own performance, speaking shyly of his individual success. Instead, he spoke excitedly about his team's showing, pointing out that Henry Clay made it to the championship game of the event and flipping the conversation back to the Blue Devils' upcoming season, one for which he has high hopes.
"That's what makes him Davonte Robinson," Simpson said. "That's what makes him head and shoulders above so many other great players. He's not worried about ink or press or all of that stuff. He's really not. He just loves playing the game, loves being around the guys. That's just such a wonderful thing."
Though Robinson committed to Kentucky last October — one of the Cats' first pledges for the class of 2016 — he continued to get phone calls from other schools.
Notre Dame extended a scholarship offer shortly after his UK commitment. Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State are among the other programs still showing interest.
"Honestly, I didn't think anybody was going to call me after I committed to UK," Robinson said. "I'd never experienced anything like that."
That interest from the blue bloods — as well as rumors that Robinson plans to visit other schools — has some UK fans on edge about the solidity of his commitment.
He didn't step around the speculation.
Yes, he planned to visit Notre Dame on Monday, but the trip had to be called off due to a scheduling conflict. He said he still wants to see South Bend sometime in the future.
Yes, Ohio State's coaches want him to come to their camp this weekend, and he's still considering making that visit.
And, yes, there's a good chance he could see other schools beyond those two between now and national signing day in February.
Despite all of that, Robinson said that UK's coaches have nothing to worry about.
"Oh, I'm all in," he said emphatically. "I still want to go on my visits, because that's every kid's dream. But I bleed blue.
"We're definitely going to change the game. I know that for sure. Hopefully we'll be a top-10 class by next year when we graduate."
Robinson will be a big part of that, even if his recruiting ranking never catches up to what those who follow him the closest see on the field.
UK's coaches are excited about his future. "They tell me I keep getting better and taller and faster every time they see me," Robinson said.
His high school coaches are excited to have him just a little while longer.
"He's going to be a great player," Simpson said. "I don't want to put any pressure on him but, heck, we'll probably see him play on Sundays one day. He's that kind of kid."