Robinson piling up accolades

Darius Robinson's got the swagger. He's got the work ethic to back it up— make no mistake about it. Hoping to see playing time as a freshman this fall, he's working hard this spring to refine his skills at cornerback.

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Coupled with the work-out program sent from Clemson, Robinson doubles up by working with a personal trainer.

"A lot of times, when I'm with my trainer, we kind of do a lot of individual defensive back drills," he said. "I go by the book when I can, but I'm also doing what my trainer tells me to do."

The on the field work includes several different cone drills with an emphasis on keeping a low center of gravity. Plus, there's a focus on improving his ball skills.

"That's just to help give me the knack of being around the ball at all times. You can never be perfect with ball skills," Robinson said.

He keeps a high profile off the field at Westlake High School. Named best looking in the 2010 class, Robinson said he's also in the running for prom king.

"Nine times out of 10, I'm going to win that also. Things like most likely to succeed, I got that also," he said. "I've got a couple of those accolades."

Robinson was sure to wrap up his classroom obligations in the fall semester so he could focus on preparing for college football all spring.

"It's been pretty easy because I got rid of all my classes in the first semester. Now, I'm just taking electives this semester," he said.

But things weren't always easy during the second semester.

Although Robinson committed to Clemson last summer, his name started popping up on recruiting radars around the Southeast, starting in December and continuing through mid-January. Georgia Tech and Auburn put on the pressure last minute and he listened. A stir on the message boards ensued.

But Robinson stayed true to his word, like he always said. Now that signing day has come and gone, Robinson can focus on himself.

"I can just worry about getting up to school and get playing," he said. "I don't have to worry about other people trying to tell me what to do. It's kind of a good feeling. It's a lot of pressure on my shoulders."

Robinson built a close relationship with fellow 2010 Clemson signees Desmond Brown and Bashaud Breeland at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. Robinson has also spent time with the other Atlanta-area cornerbacks who are expected to join him at Clemson: Garry Peters and Martin Jenkins.

"Me and Garry have hung out a couple of times and I've hung out with Martin at a couple of track meets," Robinson said.

He and defensive backs coach Charlie Harbison talk every week.

"We just catch up with each other and talk about game plans," Robinson said. "He said he recruited me to work hard and earn what I think I deserve. He just keeps reminding me to work hard." Top Stories