2014 Target: Isaiah Robinson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Elijah Hood isn't the only Charlotte running back North Carolina is pursuing. Isaiah Robinson, a 6-foot, 220-pounder from Independence High School, is also high on UNC's board.

Scouting Report

"He's a great zone back," Independence head coach Joe Evans said. "He can run the power behind the guard. He can run the zone – he can run the inside, outside. He can run the trap.

"His vision is by far the best I've ever seen or coached. It's almost like he sees the cut before anybody else knows the lane is going to open and he pops out of it.

"The biggest thing that I like about him is his level competitiveness. I'm pretty competitive, but he is one of the most competitive players that I have ever coached. If we're doing something in the weight room – and I lift weights with them – and I do 20 reps, he wants to do 21. His competitive fire and that drive, you can't coach that.

"He's big, he's strong, and he's still growing. He'll finish up his junior year and only be 16 [years old]. He squats 560 [pounds], power cleans 300, benches 300."

Prep Career

Robinson started his freshman season on varsity. After a couple of games of not seeing any playing time, he was moved down to junior varsity where he was the featured ‘back.

As a sophomore, Robinson backed up senior R.J. Baker. Despite Baker's 1,180 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground, Robinson racked up 746 yards and 11 touchdowns on 124 rushes.

With Baker graduated, Robinson became Independence's starting running back in 2012 rushing for 1,549 yards and 18 scores on 218 carries (7.1-yard average).

Recruitment

East Carolina became the first school to offer Robinson in January. Since the, he has added offers from Louisville and Wake Forest. He is also hearing from Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, and NC State.

After missing UNC's January junior day because of the SAT, Robinson attended the Tar Heels' Junior Day in February.

"It was a great experience," Robinson said. "It was me and Tony Adams. We got to see around the school itself. We toured around the outside, but then we toured around the facilities – we saw the field and the weight room."

The junior day also included a brief conversation with Randy Jordan, UNC's running backs coach, and a meeting with Larry Fedora.

"[Fedora] told me that they are interested in me," Robinson said. "He was telling me about how they treat their players down there and how I would fit in."

Since the end of the football season, Robinson has communicated with Gunter Brewer, who recruits the Charlotte area for UNC, on a weekly basis.

"He tells me how they need a big ‘back," Robinson said. "Coach Brewer hasn't said anything, but my coach told me that [UNC] is on the verge of offering me."

Brewer also keeps in regular contact with Evans.

"I know that he really likes Isaiah, because he's a bigger guy," Evans said. "He knows that Isaiah can definitely play at that level."

The interest UNC has showed coupled with his junior day experience has the Tar Heels in the lead for Robinson.

"I really like North Carolina," Robinson said. "I just like the coaches and the atmosphere of the school."

Robinson wouldn't commit immediately at the sight of a UNC offer.

"They would be high – very high – on the top of list [if UNC offers]," Robinson said. "I just would have to talk it over before I make a commitment."

In addition to UNC, Robinson has visited East Carolina and Wake Forest. He plans to attend Clemson's Spring Game this Saturday.

Extra Notes

Outside of football, Robinson is a part of Independence's track-and-field team participating in 200-meter dash and shot put… Robinson said he grew up a Clemson fan, because of their colors.

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