Wide receiver Demetris Robertson, a speedy former five-star recruit, is on the transfer market after announcing on social media Thursday that he is leaving the University of California.
“Due to personal matters, I’ve decided not to continue my education and football career at UC Berkeley,” Robertson wrote. “I would like to thank my coaches, teammates, staff, student body, and so many others for their ongoing support and consideration of my personal matters. I know I will always have the support and love of my Cal family no matter what.”
Robertson, from Savannah, Ga., was the top-rated wide receiver and the No. 13 overall prospect in the 2016 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He made an instant impact as a true freshman, catching 50 passes for 767 yards and seven touchdowns under then-head coach Sonny Dykes.
Robertson was sidelined for most of last season because of a sports hernia, appearing in only two games and receiving a medical redshirt after catching seven passes. He started 13 of his 14 games with the Golden Bears.
The 6-foot, 175-pound Robertson has three seasons of eligibility remaining, one of which will presumably be spent sitting out the 2018 season as a transfer.
Georgia and Alabama were among the finalists for Robertson the first time around. One of his recruiters at Alabama was new Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt. Robertson’s lead recruiter at Cal was Jacob Peeler, now the receivers coach at Ole Miss.
Robertson ran track for Cal in the spring of 2017, posting a season-best time of 10.72 seconds in the 100 meters and competing on the Bears’ 4×100 relay team. At a high school football camp in 2015, he was timed in 4.34 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Cal returns starting wide receivers Vic Wharton III and Kanawai Noa, who combined for 123 catches for 1,659 yards and nine touchdowns last season.