The wide receiver position has proven to be the deepest for the Indiana Hoosiers, but that has not stopped head coach Terry Hoeppner and company from trying to bring in more players at the position.
This time Hoeppner has his eyes on Cornelius Robinson, a 6-4, 200-pound receiver from Wheatley High School in Houston, Texas.
"I still have the same offers right now," said Robinson. "Indiana, Houston and Oklahoma State are the only ones who have actually offered. Oklahoma and Texas Tech are still sending me a lot of mail. They're still waiting it out because they haven't said anything to me about offers."
Robinson is currently in the middle of his senior season, but he is having trouble passing the 20 catches for nearly 300 yards he had during his junior campaign. The lack of results is not from a lack of effort however – just a new position.
"I'm having a great time right now," said Robinson. "Our team is 3-1. I'm playing both sides of the ball – I'm playing quarterback right now. They've got me in on punt returns. I'm still at safety and I've been getting in at quarterback because we have a couple of young guys with no experience. I've got plenty of experience, but I like playing receiver the most."
With it being almost impossible for Robinson to match his numbers from his all-district season in 2005, Robinson knows he will have to work harder to keep schools interested in him playing his natural, and favorite, position on the next level.
"Most schools still see me as a wide receiver even with me taking snaps as a quarterb
ack, returning kicks and playing safety," said Robinson. "I like it that way though because receiver is my favorite position. I think I get to use my athleticism the most there and play my game."
Even if he is not playing at his favorite position, Robinson still may be able to impress coaches at the next level with his versatility and leadership skills. Playing on both sides of the ball also shows coaches what kind of condition he is in and where his best potential may be on the football field.
"When I'm in at quarterback we run a lot of plays that Vince Young ran in college," said Robinson. "The coaches let me run the option to try to use my speed, but they let me pass a lot too. I think it will all help me in college and it's all right, but I know I like playing receiver more.
"So far my stats are pretty good. I think I have eight catches right now."
Robinson is still undecided on who his favorites are for his services next season, but he is trying to setup visits to help him narrow his focus.
"I've been trying to setup some visits for after my season is over," said Robinson. "I know I want to get up to see Indiana. I'd like to see Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. I'm still talking to coaches to set those up. I think those should happen either in November or early December."
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