Duke Robinson Making Name For Himself

East St. Louis is loaded again. The perennial Class 7A power produces several Division I football players yearly. Receiver Keante Minor and defensive tackle Clint Tucker are the headliners for 2010, but several other upperclassmen are gathering recruiting interest. Among them is cornerback Duke Robinson.

Duke Robinson may not yet be as familiar name in recruiting circles, but the upcoming senior at East St. Louis High School is being recruited by high major colleges. When a team as talented as the Flyers produces superstars yearly, it is easy to overlook other top players on the team.

However, Robinson is making a name for himself. He traveled all the way to Ann Arbor for a Badger Sport/New Level Athletics 7 on 7 camp recently to show off his abilities. Listed as a cornerback, he was drafted to fill a shortage of safeties.

"Corner is my normal position, but I can do both."

Robinson was asked his best traits as a cornerback.

"Catch interceptions. I'm a good reader, I can read the field. I can jam really good, and I have great speed. I love to come up and hit."

The sturdy 5'-10", 180 pounder has good closing speed. And since the Flyers graduated their senior running back and talented underclassman Vincent Arterbridge transferred to Belleville Althoff, Robinson will likely see time at running back also.

While he doesn't have any official scholarship offers yet, he has an impressive list of suitors.

"Kansas, Michigan State, Duke, Illinois and Mizzou."

What is Robinson looking for in a college?

"I'm looking for a great team and great facilities. I'm looking for a great atmosphere where I can feel like I'm home. Great coaches, good football team. Somewhere I can get a great education while I'm there. It don't matter where I go, as long as it feels right."

Illinois has drawn his attention. Robinson attended and enjoyed Junior Days in February and again April 4. He also likes his recruiting coach DeAndre Smith.

"He's cool. He's real good to me. I like him. Illinois is a great atmosphere."

The Flyers ended with a 12-3 record last year and made the semifinals of the state tournament. That was somewhat disappointing for them considering their history, but better things are expected this fall. Robinson likes East St. Louis coach Darren Sunkett.

"He's a great coach. I like him. He likes to compete."

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