Meeting with longtime family friend and Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner as well as assistant Lance Thompson, the 6-4, 290 Robinson said an offer could be coming on Wednesday once he talks with new coordinator Will Muschamp.
“They tried to come by on Sunday, but I was out of town,” Robinson said. “Coach Garner called and talked to my dad and Coach (Will) Muschamp called and talked to my dad. They set up a Tuesday visit, but I didn’t find out until yesterday. My dad didn’t really want to tell me because he already knows I’m overwhelmed with the recruiting process. He knows that Auburn coming into the picture is just going to blow everything out of proportion.
“They came over today and told me that Muschamp should be calling tomorrow with the official offer,” he added. “(Garner) basically told me I have an offer and Muschamp would be calling to inform me.”
A frequent visitor to Auburn for much of his life, Robinson was on the Plains for many of the Tigers’ games this season and was also in Athens when they played the Georgia Bulldogs. With a long history of being an Auburn fan the offer would seem to be the one he’s been waiting for, but it may be too little too late he said.
“Of course it means a lot to me because it’s always been my childhood dream,” Robinson said. “Ever since I started playing football I have always wanted to go to Auburn and play defensive end or defensive tackle and break my dad’s sack record. I always told him I would break his record.
“I was upset the other day because I was watching some Auburn thing and I got upset because I realized how bad I want to go to Auburn,” he added. “Now I have mixed emotions. It’s not how I thought I would feel. I thought I would feel like I automatically want to commit, but it’s not like that at all. One part of me says that, but another part of me says ‘they waited so late’. It’s eight days until signing day and they’re just now offering me.”
With Auburn’s need on the defensive line, the process to offer Robinson was a long one from the Tigers’ perspective. Robinson said it was the change in coordinators that ultimately made the difference, but at this point it could still be too late for the Tigers.
“We went the film to Coach Garner three different times and he said the last defensive coordinator (Ellis Johnson) wouldn’t approve of it,” Robinson said. “Coach Garner said he brought me up in a new meeting because he said when Muschamp got there he asked for defensive line film.
“Coach Garner put my name up there again and Coach Muschamp loved me and I jumped to the top of the list. It’s eight days until signing day. I’m still committed to Louisville, but I’m not sure how everything stands.”
With Florida coming on strong after the Gators recently offered, Robinson had set up a visit to Gainesville already, but now he’s got some questions about the final trip. With Auburn wanting him to take the visit to the Plains instead, he said there is some serious thinking to be done in the coming days.
“I already told Florida I would be there on Friday, but I’m not sure,” Robinson said. “It’s either Florida or Auburn. I’ll talk to my parents about which one works.”
A process that really started to take off during the fall as Robinson continued to grow from a hybrid tight end/defensive lineman into a full grown defensive lineman, recruiting is now wide open with just over a week left until signing day. Even though it’s something he has enjoyed, the talented prospect said it’s a stressful situation at the moment with the news on Tuesday night.
“It makes me feel like some five-star athlete and I know I’m not that great,” he said. “I ended up blowing up like some big-time dude and I really wasn’t expecting it, especially at the end of my recruitment. I have always heard how stressful recruiting was, but I committed early in August so it wouldn’t be stressful. I didn’t know it would be this stressful with eight days left until signing day.”