Talented Defender Down To Three

One of the nation's top defensive prospects has narrowed his list to three schools. Who made the cut?

Avon, Ind.--Standout defensive end Montez Robinson has been a busy guy the last two weeks with a trip south to check out several colleges and attend football camps. Combined with his breakout performance at a Scout.com Combine this summer when he ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at 6-4, 235 pounds, he's had schools from all over the country stepping up to the plate with offers.

They can take a step back now though as Robinson has narrowed his list to just three colleges with a plan to announce his decision on signing day in February. Robinson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that he hasn't made his choice yet, but he knows it's going to be in the SEC.

"I've narrowed it down to Georgia, Auburn and Alabama," Robinson says. "At Georgia I love the coaches and I like the players. I like what they have as a future. They are more focused on the future, how you're going to turn out after you graduate.

"At Auburn I like Coach (Terry) Price and Coach (Don) Dunn and Coach (Tommy) Tuberville," he adds. "I like all those guys. They obviously know what they are doing. They get people to the pros.

"At Alabama I like their coaching staff," he notes. "I like their scheme that Saban is trying to put me in where I would be playing some kind of Jack (outside linebacker). I like the scheme he's got in his head that I would play. I like that he feels like I can get a good education at the same time."

A visitor for Auburn's two-day senior camp last weekend, Robinson had a chance to work up close with the coaching staff and compete against some of the top players in the South at the same time. In his first trip to the campus he says it also gave him a feel for the university as a whole.

"I had never been to Auburn so I just went there and looked around," he says. "We went to the stadium to check it out and also I wanted to see how the coaches work."

Trips to Georgia and Alabama in the last two weeks as well gave Robinson a chance to see all of his favorites in corresponding visits. He says that was big for him because it allowed him to make up his mind on which schools would make the cut.

"It was a real good opportunity," Robinson says. "I was planning on taking some official visits, but I'm glad I was able to get down there this summer."

That he chose his final three schools in the South comes as no surprise because Robinson has a history in Alabama, living a portion of his life in the state. He attended school in Alabama from grades 5-7 and says he remembers what football is all about living in the state.

"I lived in Alabama for four years and moved to Indiana with my aunt," Robinson says. "Football is pretty big down there. It's loved basically. Everybody loves football."

A dominating force for Avon High as a junior, Robinson is ranked as a four-star prospect by Scout.com and the number 13 defensive end in the country after a junior season in which he made 68 tackles with 15 sacks. While his numbers were very good, he says he's working this summer to become a more complete player.

"I have raw talented basically," Robinson says. "My weakness is my technique. This whole summer is all about technique. The camps have helped he see what I do wrong and how I can fix it."

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