Bloomington - It's not the times that has many more programs looking at Avon (Ind.) athlete Montez Robinson. It's the production.
While the 6-4, 230-pound Robinson has jettisoned up Scout.com's national rankings following his MVP performance at the recent Scout.com Combine in Cincinnati, Avon H.S. Coach Dave Shelbourne doesn't credited his 4.43 in the 40 or 34-inch vertical jump as reasons for the swell in interest. Instead, the 32-year high school head coaching veteran believes it's a result of a very productive junior season.
Robinson helped Avon H.S. to an 8-3 record and a conference championship a year ago with 69 total tackles, 12 sacks, four forced fumbles and 19 quarterback hurries from his defensive end position. It was Robinson's first season with the Avon program after moving from Alabama, another reason many college programs are just now getting familiar with him.
"He was brand new to our system and school so we wanted to put in a situation where he could catch up as quickly as possible," Shelbourne said. "Defensive end was kind of an idea spot because we could just line him up and turn him loose."
With a year of Avon football now under his belt, Robinson will likely be used in additional ways this fall. Shelbourne said Robinson saw spot duty as a wide receiver in 2007 and should see even more time at the position in 2008.
While the upcoming season promises even more ways to make an impact at Avon, the coming weeks and months figure to offer plenty of college options and opportunities. Shelbourne said Indiana has already offered Scout.com's 50th-ranked defensive end a scholarship, while Purdue and Cincinnati have done the same. Numerous programs from around the Midwest and nationally have been targeting him as well.
"Everyone has been on him fairly recently because he's brand new," Shelbourne said. "He played his first three years in Alabma, and has been kind of flying under the radar. He had a very fine season for us this year, but it's not like he's a kid that anybody here has followed."
That's changing. IU Assistant Coach Billy Lynch was among many college coaches who went to Avon H.S. during the evaluation period to look at Robinson and a host of others on Avon's roster. Most are talking about Robinson as a defensive end at the next level, but Shelbourne said it's his versatility that has many interested.
"(His position) is their decision to make once they get him," Shelbourne said. "I think coaches like him as an athlete and they'll figure his position out if they're lucky enough to talk him into going to their school."
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