Before making his official visit to IU, Josh Robinson was so sure Indiana would be a good fit.
After all, Bloomington is some 800 miles from Robinson's Dallas, Texas, home, and he already had taken an official visit to nearby SMU and had a scholarship offer in hand. But Bloomington and the Hoosier program turned out to be just about everything Robinson was looking for.
That's why the 6-3, 235-pound linebacker/defensive end committed to the Hoosiers earlier this week, picking IU over SMU and UNLV.
"I committed to Indiana," Robinson said. "The team has eight home games this year and I think I'll have a chance to come in and play. Wherever I went I wanted a chance to play – I don't like watching the game, I like playing it."
Robinson did a pretty good job of that during his senior season at South Garland (Tex.) H.S. Robinson started the season at linebacker before finishing up the campaign at defensive end, totaling 60 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, eight sacks and two forced fumbles while playing alongside Houston-bound defensive tackle DeMarcus Lattier.
The high school teammates visited IU together Jan. 12-14, and Lattier decided Bloomington was too far from home and wound up committing to Houston. But Robinson was swayed by his visit, something he didn't anticipate happening.
"I didn't think I'd like it before I came because of how far it was," Robinson said. "The plane ride was 2 ½ hours."
But once on campus he was hosted by redshirt freshman defensive end Jamie Kirlew and got to know many of the players and coaches as well. Both made a big impression – as did the recruiting dinner at Little Zagreb's Steakhouse.
"I had never had a steak before in my life, and they took me to some place where the appetizer was a slab of ribs," Robinson said. "I think I gained 11 pounds while I was there."
Actually, what Robinson gained was some much needed confidence that he could handle the adjustment from his Dallas-area home to the Midwest and the Big Ten. He said IU envisions using him at either linebacker or defensive end, and he's hoping to arrive on the IU campus at around 240 pounds, up from his current weight of 235.
"They said they really like my speed and my hands and my quickness," Robinson said.
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