Robinson Locked In For Duke

With the recruiting class of 2011 nearly complete, the Blue Devils have turned the focus towards 2012, but also have an eye on maintaining the class they've assembled this year. Among those is Tennessee OL Cody Robinson who says he's as solid as ever in his commitment to be a Blue Devil.

"I'm going to be heading to Duke in May and I'm working hard on and off the field to be ready," said Warren Co. (Tenn.) standout Cody Robinson. "My visit in early December really got me ready to get to Durham."

That visit, which took place December 3rd through the 5th, allowed Robinson to meet with the various players and other members of his recruiting class in hopes of planting the seeds of a tight knit team that will be needed as Duke looks to rebound from a disappointing season in 2010. For Robinson, at least, the strategy was a success.

"My host was John Coleman and I had a great time throughout the weekend. I really enjoyed getting to meet everyone - the coaches, players, staff, and professors. These are going to be the people I am spending the next four or five years around, so It was a good experience for me."

"Throughout the trip the current and and future offensive linemen stayed together for most of the time. The coaches all seemed to be really positive about our program and the direction in which it is headed. The players were really excited about it all."

The excitement, said Robinson, has a lot to do with looking beyond Duke's 3-9 record this season. The Blue Devils were in most of those games and were just a few bounces from bowl eligibility. One place where the Blue Devils are looking forward to deepening the depth chart, however, is along the offensive line. So naturally landing Robinson, who is considered a three star prospect and the nation's No. 69 offensive guard, was a welcomed event.

By selecting Duke, Robinson turned down offers from schools such as Kentucky, Memphis, Syracuse, Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, Tulane, and several others. Some remain in contact after Robinson's senior season which saw him earn all-Region honors, Regional Defensive MVP, Team MVP, Offensive Line, and All-Academic team honors. In addition he was named to the First-Team All-State, All Mid-State, and Tennessee Dream Teams as voted on by the Tennessee media.

"I had a pretty good year. Our team went 3-7 and didn't make the playoffs, so that was disappointing. I played on both sides of the ball. On defense I had 97 tackles with nine sacks and 10 tackles for loss. On offense I graded out above 90 percent weekly. I guess the best memories of my high school career were scoring a touchdown against Cumberland County during my junior season and blocking a game winning field goal against Cookeville during my sophomore season."

So, looking back to fall practice, how has Robinson improved after his final 10 game stretch?

"In a lot of ways I think. I added a lot of different things to my game and I feel I became a much better leader during a very difficult season."

And now that leadership and improvement will be headed to Durham in just a few months. But, with such a strong season and so many offers still out there, is the 6-foot-4, 305 pounder going to enroll at Duke?

"Definitely. The experience of being there was great. There are great people and it's a great program. There is no where else better in America to go to school and play football than Duke University."

Robinson added that he is not sure whether he will redshirt or not in 2011.

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