As if winning a 2003 Class AAAAA state championship with a perfect 14-0 mark wasn't good enough, Little Rock Central defensive standout Antwain Robinson's life has gotten even better since the calendar rolled around to 2004.
First, he got word that he would be getting to move from defensive end to linebacker and then he got a scholarship offer from the University of Arkansas, who can certainly be identified as his leader in the clubhouse right now.
"Arkansas is number one on my list right now," Robinson said. "There are some other colleges that are interested in me right now like Iowa and Alabama, but Arkansas is my leader right now for sure. I grew up a Razorback fan so the reason is obvious."
Robinson (6-2, 221, 4.7) also likes the fact that the Razorbacks are a young team with a lot of underclassmen.
"I have a great relationship with the Arkansas coaches and the fact that they have such a young squad is something that I like and lets me know I can come in and help out," Robinson said. "It's going to be fun time these next couple of years with all the young guys getting their chance."
The Razorbacks join Alabama, Tennessee, Iowa and Missouri among teams that are currently showing interest in Robinson and vice-versa.
"I think I will end up taking all my visits," Robinson said. "I want to make sure going to Arkansas is the right thing. I really don't know a lot about the other schools like I do Arkansas."
Robinson had 82 tackles last season with 12 sacks among his 20 tackles for lost yardage while playing defensive end on what was regarded as the state's best defense last season.
Now he gets the chance to make plays from linebacker, where he has longed to play.
I'm feeling great about the move to linebacker," Robinson said. "That's where I have wanted to play since I got to high school and now I get my chance. That's where they think I will play in college anyway and now I will get a chance to get there and start making plays this year."
Little Rock Central head coach Bernie Cox is glad to have one of his top defenders - and one of at least four Division I prospects on his team - coming back.
"Antwain is someone who is strong, very physical and has a nose for the football, especially when the quarterback has it," Cox said. "He's just another outstanding football player."
Fellow Central defender and D-1 prospect Kevin Thornton, a hard-hitting safety, says Robinson is the one Tiger you don't want see coming toward you.
"Antwain is our strongest hitter on defense," Thornton said. "He is going to be an absolute force at linebacker this year."
Robinson, who will attend a Nike Camp and at least one of Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt's summer camps, is intent on dropping his 40-yard dash time from 4.7 to the 4.5 range this summer.
"I want to increase my speed and that is my main goal this summer," Robinson said. "I think that would make me even harder to block. I think my biggest strengths right now are the fact that I have a great knack for the ball and I am able to use my height to see everything that is going on out there on the field. Now I just want to become as complete a player as possible."
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