Big Tenn. OL Visits Duke

Yet another top offensive lineman from the state of Tennessee has not only received a scholarship offer from Duke, he's also taken a visit. That visit may have been enough to propel the Blue Devils into the top echelon of schools recruiting him.

Growing up in Tennessee you'd expect most any prospect to bleed orange and white. That was, and perhaps is, the case for McMinnville offensive lineman Cody Robinson, a 6-foot-4, 305 pound guard who sports offers from a number of schools such as Syracuse, Duke, Memphis, Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee State, Tulane, Illinois, and Western Kentucky.

"I definitely grew up liking Tennessee," said Robinson. "And there was a time I would have committed on the spot, but now I've started to see other schools and those are some pretty good options for me. Tennessee is still an option, and I'm going to visit but if they did offer me I am not sure I would jump on it right away."

Among those visits that have produced a change in his mindset is a trip to Duke a few weeks back. There, Robinson was able to sit down with another former Volunteer fan and coach.

"Meeting Coach Cutcliffe was a great. You can see that he's got that program going in the right direction. He's going to have people chasing them soon. When you talk to him you can really see he just knows football. There aren't many guys smarter than him and it shows. I also liked meeting Coach Luke - who I've talked to the most throughout recruiting. Both of them have talked to me about what Duke can offer me, but they are also honest and up front about everything."

And what is it that Duke can offer?

"With [Duke] it starts with the education. You won't find too many places with those kinds of opportunities. Then you have a real family sense that will challenge you and make you better player and person. I do like them a lot."

In addition to the trip to Durham, Robinson has made Spring stops in Knoxville, to Arkansas, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee State, and Kentucky. All in an effort to continue to gather information.

"I am trying to learn all I can about the different programs and schools. This is a big thing and you have to realize you are going to be around these people every day for five years. The facilities and other things are really nice, but a weight room is a weight room. You have to make a choice based on the kind of people there."

Robinson reports to measure out at 305 pounds and a true 6-foot-4. He recently recorded a personal best forty time of 4.87.

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