Michael Robinson from Allatoona H.S. in Acworth, Georgia has picked up nearly 20 offers, including one from Indiana. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound linebacker spoke to Peegs.com about his interest in the IU program and when he might make a trip up to Bloomington for a visit.
Robinson has primarily been communicating with IU linebackers coach William Inge, but he also hears from defensive coordinator Tom Allen.
“Coach Inge is the one I talk to the most and he seems like a real good guy,” he said. “The only time I have spoken to Coach Allen is when he let me know that I had an offer. But he does send me daily messages and verses in the morning on how to manage my day and wishing me a good day.”
The Indiana staff has expressed to Robinson how much they like the athleticism and physicality he brings to the linebacker position.
“Coach Inge told me that they like how physical I am,” he said when asked what IU likes about him as a player. “He said they also like how I have good speed and I can move sideline to sideline.”
Robinson said he plans on getting up to Bloomington this fall to get a closer look at the Indiana program.
“I plan on visiting there this fall,” he said. “When I’m up there I want to see how comfortable I am with the coaches and when I’m around them. I also want to see how I fit in with the team.”
Last fall Robinson was a key player on an Allatoona team that had a very good 2015 season that ended with them winning a state championship.
“As a team we went 14-1 and won the state championship,” he said about his junior season. “It was a lot of fun because most of us have been playing football together since we were in elementary school and middle school so we have known each other for a long time. Individually I thought I had a pretty good season. I played all three linebacker spots for my team. I think the biggest thing I improved on last year was my tackling. Early in the season I missed some tackles that I should’ve made and by the end of the year I feel like I was a better tackler.”
The Georgia native said he is looking for a school where he feels comfortable with the coaches and the players.
“The big thing is finding a school where I feel like I’m at home,” Robinson said. “I also want to be at a place where I can make an impact on the team. Academics will also be important. I think I want to major in business.”
Robinson currently has offers from Indiana, Ball State, Buffalo, Kent State, Miami (OH), Ohio, Tulane, Appalachian State, Charleston Southern, Chattanooga, Coastal Carolina, Elon, Georgia Southern, Mercer, Samford, Southern, Tennessee Tech and Western Carolina. He said the earliest he plans on making a decision is around the middle of his senior season.
“I have started to focus on certain schools but I haven’t announced who my top schools are yet,” he said. “If I feel like I am ready around the middle of my season then I will decide then, but if not then I will wait until around the end of the season.”
As a junior Robinson recorded 138 tackles, nine tackles for loss and six sacks.