After seeing the success of James Hardy in his offense, Indiana head coach Terry Hoeppner is after another tall receiver from Indiana – and he is looking at the state's best program to find him.
Hoeppner is one of many coaches after 6-5, 225-pound Adrien Robinson from Warren Central in Indianapolis. Even after catching just 11 balls in a run-oriented offense as a junior, Robinson is pulling down nearly as many scholarship offers.
"I have offers from Louisville, Indiana, West Virginia, Marshall and Arkansas," said Robinson. "But I'm still hearing from Georgia Tech, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State, Ole Miss and a couple of other schools."
Robinson and Warren Central are coming off their third-straight Indiana Class 5A state title.
"This past year was good for me and the team," said Robinson. "We won state for the third straight season. I was the leading receiver with 11 catches. We don't throw it that much. Our head coach left to coach in Oklahoma, but our defensive coordinator took over the head coaching spot so we think nothing will change. The coaches said we might open up the passing game a bit, though."
Without flashy stats like other receivers, Robinson will be more focused on what he can do during the summer to attract attention to himself and hopefully bring more offers his way.
"I do feel like I have a lot to prove to schools," said Robinson. "I know the schools that are looking at me right now are because of my coaches, not from what I can do. I've heard that if I have the ball more, maybe more schools would look but we need to worry about winning first. I just have to work hard in the summer so schools can see me then. That way I can earn it myself."
Robinson is yet to make a list of favorites and has only made one trip this spring to West Virginia. However he does have a busy summer ahead of him.
"I'm going to the NIKE combine May 5 at Ohio State," said Robinson. "I'm going to play 7-on-7 with my school, go to some of the SOS camps and I'm going to Georgia Tech in July for their combine. I want to visit Indiana, but I don't have an official date to go and I want to see Louisville, too."
Robinson does not expect a decision during the summer, but hopes to learn more about the schools offering him before next season starts.
"I'm still just looking at all the schools," said Robinson. "I'm not too familiar with any of them yet, but it's early. I want to find a school with a good tradition, but it's more important that I find a place where I fit in. I want a chance to be able to play. I know I won't step in and be the star and I might have to sit out a year, but I want to find somewhere I can play a lot."
Last season Warren Central went 14-1 for the second year in a row. During the 2005 season, Warren's only lose came to fellow Indianapolis school Lawrence North during the regular season. Warran Central made it a point not to lose the rematch during the playoffs and hope to not let it happen again in 2006.
"We went undefeated our freshman year," said Robinson. "So our senior year we want to go out undefeated. We don't even want to lose one. Last year playing Lawrence North again was big for us. We felt like we had a lot to prove. We had to prove we were still the best team. It was a program game for us because they are kind of our rival now.
"We had the target on our back last season. This year we know teams will be gunning even harder and I like it like that."
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