Catching Up with Justin Robinson

BYU was looking for help on the corners this recruiting season and hopes they have found it in the four cornerbacks they signed last week. One of those four corners is Justin Robinson, a JC speedster from Oklahoma by way of Kansas. From the sound of things, Robison is just what the doctor ordered for the Cougars.

Justin Robinson, a 5'10", 165-pound cornerback recruit, recently signed a letter of intent to enter Mendenhall's high-demand school of football performance. Robinson comes to Brigham Young University via Independence Community College in Kansas where he starred at both defensive back and as a kick returner.

Robinson was clocked running a 4.40-second 40-yard-dash on a grass field this past season and drew comparisons to Dante Hall from his teammates and coaches when returning kicks. "The players called him 'Dante' and he was a bit like Dante Hall in that once he was in the open field and got past the first couple of defenders that he'd be gone," said Ward. "You just couldn't catch him."

With his 4.40 40 time, Robinson hopes to use his blazing speed to return a few kicks next season for the Cougars. "I love returning kicks," Said Robinson. "I hope I'll have the opportunity to do that at BYU, but my focus is on playing cornerback. That's why they offered me and that's where I can help BYU most I feel."

Robinson has been recruited by BYU for quite some time now, having received letters since this past summer up until the end of the Junior College football season. His primary contact was cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell. "Coach Mitchell is just awesome," Robinson declared. "Just a guy that you feel close to immediately and I guy I know I can trust."

Mitchell visited with Robinson and he was leaning toward BYU, but still considering other schools like Arkansas, Michigan State, Murray State, and Middle Tennessee State among others before taking his trip to BYU.

Of course BYU is a far cry from Independence Community College and Robinson's hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, but Robinson does not feel like the adjustment will be hard at all. "I've grown up going to Catholic Prep schools," said Robinson. "I live by the commandments and I already live the honor code that BYU enforces. It's really not a problem at all, but just something that encourages me to be who I already am."

Robinson took his official trip the same weekend that fellow cornerback signee Brandon Howard did and they both hit it off. "Oh, Brandon is a great guy," said Robinson. "We became friends immediately. I also got along great with Michael Morris who was my official host and Joe (Griffin.) They're all great guys and I can't wait to get down there and hang out with them and to workout with them."

Football-wise, Robinson aims at being one of the starting cornerbacks this coming season. "I know one of the two corner spots are open and I think I have a good chance at getting one of them," said a confident Robinson. "All I can do is just work as hard as I can and I know that Coach Mendenhall will reward me if I prove through my hard work that I can play."

Robinson will head to Provo for team workouts within weeks of his graduation this spring, but his preparation is already taking place and he fully recognizes that hard work is the key. "I'm in the weight room for hours every day now and have been since the season ended," said Robinson. "That's where I need the most work right now. I want to be around 170-175 when I report to BYU while maintaining my speed."

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