Recruiting Moves to Forefront for Robinson

With the goal of winning a fourth straight state title now complete, Warren Central wideout Adrien Robinson turns his attention to recruiting. The 6-5, 225-pound wideout talks about the four programs he intends to visit - IU, Ole Miss, Louisville and Arkansas.

Their march to a fourth straight state title has been successfully completed, but the spotlight continues to shine on the Warren Central H.S. football program.

That's because a handful of its players continue to be highly-coveted recruits by IU as well as programs from around the country. And now that the season has come to a close, many of the Warrior players have turned their attention to lining up official visits and determining where they're going to play their college football.

One of those players is 6-5, 225-pound wide receiver Adrien Robinson, the nation's 21st ranked wideout according to Scout.com who caught 28 passes for 432 yards and three touchdowns as a senior. Robinson has scheduled an official visit to Ole Miss for Dec. 8-10, and said he also intends to take officials to Arkansas, Louisville and Indiana.

"Now that the season is over, I can focus on lining those visits up and figuring out where I want to go," Robinson said.

Indiana is a program that has been after Robinson – along with a handful of his teammates – for some time. Robinson said the Hoosiers began showing interest during his junior season, and it's been in constant contact ever since.

"They've shown a lot of interest in me over the last year," Robinson said. "I know their program is coming up, and I look at that. I also like their offense because they throw it a lot."

The opportunity to play for a team that blends the pass with the run is important to Robinson, who said he's being recruited by all four programs to play wide receiver. There had initially been some speculation he could wind up being a tight end at the collegiate level, but his preference is to play wide receiver, and he's made that a top priority when looking at the schools that have been showing interest in him.

"I want to play wide receiver, and I know I want to go somewhere that has a balanced offense," Robinson said.

Robinson has become familiar with the IU program thanks to not only its nearby location, but also the fact he made an unofficial visit to Bloomington along with teammates Jerimy Finch, Andrew McDonald, Jeff Boyd and Chris Adkins for the Hoosiers' Homecoming game against Michigan State. He'll begin taking a closer look at some of his other finalists beginning next weekend when he heads to Ole Miss.

"I don't know a lot about Ole Miss," Robinson said. "Once they offered me I started thinking about them some more. That's why I'm going to visit there – to see what they're like."

Robinson is a bit more familiar with Louisville and Arkansas, thanks to the success both teams had during the 2006 season.

"I really like Louisville's offense," Robinson said. "They throw the ball, they have a good running back, and it's not too far away from home. The biggest thing I like about them is their offense.

"With Arkansas, they're a program that's getting better and better and I would like to go in there and play."

Indiana is hoping Robinson opts to stay closer to home and play for the Hoosiers. That's a hope they also have for a handful of his teammates, including Boyd, Finch and tailback Darren Evans, among others. That's a group that helped guide Warren Central to four straight state titles, and the Hoosier coaching staff has visions of those players sticking together and helping build the IU program to a consistent bowl game participant.

Time will tell if that's a route Robinson and the others want to follow.

"We all want to play together, but we haven't talked about it that much," Robinson said. "We might all end up going different ways. We'll have to wait and see."


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