It isn't always easy to get recruiting updates on 2014 forward Devin Robinson because he doesn't do interviews with any media outlets. But I talked to multiple people in the Robinson camp on Monday to see how his official visit to Indiana went this weekend.
Robinson was the only 2014 target in town over the weekend, but the Hoosiers had more than 15 recruits in town for Hoosier Hysteria on Friday night. Despite the large number, though, the Hoosiers' staff still managed to impress Robinson.
"I don't know how they did it, but they made him feel like he was the only recruit in town," said Robinson's high school coach at Christchurch in Virginia, Ben Thompson. "He got to spend time with all the coaches and really got a feel for how he would fit in there. He got a good grasp for what they're trying to do."
Thompson said the Hoosiers improved their position with Robinson over the weekend."If I had to grade the visit, I'd definitely give it an 'A'," Thompson said. "They really made up some ground this weekend. He could hear about how great Hoosier Hysteria is and all of that, but actually doing it is different. And he really enjoyed that experience."
When Robinson walked out on the Assembly Hall floor, the fans chanted, "We want Devin!" and gave him a standing ovation. He was the only recruit to have his name chanted at the event.
Thompson said Robinson got to watch multiple Indiana practices but didn't participate in any open gym sessions because of an eye injury that will keep him out the next couple of weeks.
Robinson continues to be Indiana's primary target in the 2014 class. The long, versatile forward is the fifth-ranked power forward and has risen quickly in the last six months. UCONN has been recruiting Robinson the longest, but a source told AllHoosiers.com that the Big East's realignment hurt the Huskies in Robinson's eyes.
Robinson's visit to Florida this weekend will be extremely important. The Gators remain in good position with Robinson, but it'll be interesting to see how the staff handles his visit given that there won't be a home football game next weekend or Midnight Madness. Florida won't have quite the same luxuries Tom Crean and his staff had this past weekend with Hoosier Hysteria going on.
Robinson plans to make his decision before the Nov. 13 signing day, so I'd expect one to come the week after his trip to UCONN.