GCC Linebacker Verbals to ASU

The New York connection, via Glendale Community College, proved fruitful once again for the Sun Devils. Linebacker Dale Robinson told DevilsDigest that he committed to Arizona State following his official visit, which concluded today.

"I'm verbally committed on my visit," said the 6-1 240 Robinson. "It was a nice visit. I was with my buddy Chris (McKenzie), and when he had to go home I hung out with R.J. (Oliver). It was fun hanging out with the players. We ate at Coach Koetter's house with the other recruits. I liked the facilities, and the campus, and I like the fact that they're switching to Nike."

His relationship with Chris McKenzie was naturally a big reason for his decision to not only commit to the Sun Devils, but also to play at Glendale Community College "We're long time friends," he said. "We played Pop Warner against each other, and played a little high school ball together. We live right around the block from each other in Queens."

"I was thinking about going to a Division II school," recalled Robinson. "And he told me that I'm a better player than that. He told me to come out to Glendale, so I came out here and gave it a try. It really worked for me, and a lot of good things came out of it."

With the anticipated change from the 4-2-5 defensive scheme to a 4-3, there is an obvious need to bolster the depth at the linebacker position. This was a notion that Robinson heard often during his trip, and was just one more aspect that contributed to his decision. "Switching to a 4-3 is a big plus," exclaimed Robinson. "The coaches told me how good I'd be in the scheme. I had ten sacks this season, and the coaches said I would fit because of my blitzing ability."

Recently the linebacker was named to the 2003 NJCAA All-American second team. While he admits that he's better against the run, in his mind and the coaches' he's not locked into any specific role. "I'm agile enough to play both outside and inside linebacker (runs a 4.6)," he said. "I'm real good moving sideline to sideline. The coaches said that they could play me at both positions, and I'm cool with that. I know they have two returning starters, but that's OK. The competition only makes you better."

Despite the fact that he hails from New York, he does see the Valley of the Sun as a second home. Robinson likes the idea of not going through a new acclimation process when he plays at the next level. "I can come out to spring practices, and improve my game just watching the team. I'm real close to some of the players, and it will be cool hanging out with them and getting the system down."

The linebacker said that the recruiting process wasn't terribly hard to go through, because he knew what he wanted. Nevertheless, he admitted that committing now would help him concentrate on school more.

Robinson indicated that ASU was his first and last visit. He also considered Washington State and Colorado State. Since he's a May graduate he can only sign a letter of intent in February.

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