Ray Robinson was the lone 2018 recruit to grace the hallowed halls of the Champions Center this past weekend during CU’s family-themed barbecue. The Highlands Ranch standout left Boulder more impressed by the rise of the Buffaloes.
“It was great, I had a great time. I like Colorado even more,” Robinson said of the BBQ.
The 2018 three-star had the chance to mix and mingle with future Buffs. Let’s just say they hit it off and they all might receive their mail in the 80309 zip code some day.
“For sure, I got to meet all the 2017 commits and they’re all great dudes. I can see myself being friends with them, so that helps a lot with thinking about going there,” Robinson continued on CU.
CU’s coaches put the full court press, or the football equivalent, on Robinson during Sunday’s event. The Buffs are not overly pushing for a commitment, but they certainly would not say no to one.
“I got to talk to about every single coach. That was really cool, I got to get to know them all and everything, sit down and talk with them,” Robinson said, coaches being Darian Hagan, Darrin Chiaverini, Mike MacIntyre and anyone associated with the defensive backs.
CU coaches hope Robinson will take on the in-state class leader role, one similar to the work 2017 commit Jonathan Van Diest puts in on the recruiting trail.
“Basically just that they want me to go ahead and commit whenever I feel ready. Be the leader for 2018 and everything,” Robinson said.
“I think that’s what they want me to do. I like that role, I think that fits for me. I can definitely see myself doing it. I think I’m going to wait until next year because I think it’s too early, but I think that would definitely be a good fit for me.”
Another Van Diest is doing his best to aid the Buffs in their recruitment of Robinson. Steve Van Diest hosted 2017 commits and Robinson last weekend at his home where the elder Van Diest sang the praises of the black and gold.
“That was fun, it was a lot of fun. We talked for like 20 minutes,” Robinson said of SVD’s CU pitch.
Contact has been limited between the Buffs and the 2018 prospect due to recruiting restrictions, but things will pick up when the calendar turns to September. Robinson camped at Nebraska this summer and he was invited to a Huskers BBQ-type gathering in Lincoln, sure to be packed with bowls of home-style dishes akin to the Midwest. Robinson isn’t sure yet when he’ll narrow his list of potential landing spots.
“I don’t know honestly. I’ll have to see after this year,” he said.
Highlands Ranch returns D-1 caliber players this fall in Robinson and 2019 offensive lineman Austin Johnson, who holds an early offer from Colorado State. Highlands Ranch has a big game on the schedule in October against in-town rival Valor Christian.
“I hope so,” Robinson said when asked if he thinks his squad can take down the defending 5A champs.
Robinson's Sophomore Highlight Reel: