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Kenny Robinson was recruited to play receiver, safety and linebacker by colleges, but he said his college choice did not come down to his position.
Instead, the Pittsburgh Imani Christian standout looked at his comfort level at various places, and he found he had the most at West Virginia. The 6-foot-3, 204-pound Robinson announced his decision moments ago, and he is heading to West Virginia as a safety.
"I picked West Virginia because I have built a relationship with the coaches," Robinson said. "Also, as of right now, it just feels like the right fit for me."
He is a dynamic athlete who could make a mark on either side of the ball, but West Virginia likes Robinson's flexibility on defense. He can play safety, and he has the size and length to move closer to the line of scrimmage in certain packages and be a hybrid linebacker.
And after watching the Mountaineers push their way into the Top 10 with a 6-0 start, he really began imagining himself in the defensive system.
"I think I fit the scheme because I play hard and fast," he said. "I play how they want (their players to play)."
Robinson built strong relationships with defensive coordinator Tony Gibson and safeties coach Matt Caponi. He also got a strong vibe from the together of the staff when he visited campus.
"I like the coaches because they are cool and seem like down to earth people," Robinson said. "The safety's coach is always on me about getting better and staying focused. That's why I get along with him."
Robinson said in the past acknowledge he enjoyed playing one side of the ball more than the other.
"It really doesn't matter what position I play, but I really want to play on the defensive side," Robinson said. "I like defense because you play fast, play as hard as you can and you will make plays as long as you are where you're supposed to be. It's not complicated. It's natural."
He also said West Virginia always felt like home, a feeling that went back to offseason visits. When he came to the Mountaineers, he told Scout in August two things jump to his mind.
"I think of defense and a family. They're all together," Robinson said. "It's like family there. They take care of you. When I went up there ...they really took care of the players and made sure everyone was ok."