Less than two weeks after Arizona State improved its depth at the cornerback position with the post-Signing Day addition of junior college transfer Darien Cornay, the Sun Devils anticipate losing a returning scholarship player.
Sophomore cornerback Robbie Robinson is expected to transfer from the program and has received his scholarship release so he can explore other opportunities, according to a source with direct knowledge of Robinson's plans.
The 5-foot-8, 172-pound defensive back from Hyattsville, Maryland played early in his freshman season as a nickel cornerback and boundary corner, securing his first career interception in ASU's season-opener against Northern Arizona. However, Robinson was used sparingly as the season moved along, spending much of the year on the sidelines as the Sun Devils finished with the worst pass defense in the FBS for the second consecutive campaign.
Robinson finished his freshman season with five tackles in addition to his one interception.
The DeMatha Catholic product was a three-star recruit and ranked as the No. 45 cornerback nationally in the Class of 2016, and initially chose ASU over reported scholarship offers from Maryland, Virginia, Clemson, Michigan State, Ohio State, Stanford and others.
Robinson is the sixth player expected to transfer from ASU since the end of the 2016 season, joining running back Jason Lewis, defensive back Coltin Gerhart, and graduate transfers Ellis Jefferson, Raymond Epps and James Johnson.
With Robinson's anticipated departure, the Sun Devils return just five scholarship players at the cornerback/field safety positions, as senior Maurice Chandler, senior Chad Adams, junior Armand Perry, junior Kareem Orr, and redshirt freshman Chase Lucas fill out the team's depth chart.
During the 2017 recruiting cycle, the Sun Devils added a pair of cornerbacks, four-star recruit Alex Perry and two-star prospect Langston Frederick, before signing Cornay as a late addition to the class in late February.