Robinson Reflects on Iowa Offer

James Robinson visited Iowa last weekend and left town impressed. He also picked up a Hawkeye scholarship offer on Friday and spoke with HI about that opportunity and where things stand with the Big Ten school.

James Robinson heard that Kirk Ferentz wanted to speak with him. The Rockford (IL) Lutheran running back felt like good news was coming.

"I knew (the Iowa Hawkeyes) were going to offer me once they told me the head coach (Ferentz) wanted to talk to me. I was really happy to hear that," Robinson said.

Iowa presented the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder with a scholarship offer on Friday. It came less than a week after he visited campus for a junior day last weekend.

"(Ferentz) told me how they can take care of me, not just athletic wise, but with my education and getting my degree," Robinson said of his conversation with the Hawkeye coach when he offered.

Brian Ferentz, the Iowa offensive line coach and son of the head coach, has been leading the school's recruitment of Robinson.

"My relationship with him is pretty good," Robinson said.

Robinson rushed 179 times for 2,227 yards and 38 touchdowns as a junior. He also caught 14 passes for 104 yards and a score. has not yet ranked Robinson. Iowa represented his first Power 5 Conference offer. Illinois State also has offered.

Robinson visited Iowa when the school's basketball team played Northwestern for Senior Day. The sold out arena provided him with a feel for the Hawkeye fans.

"I think it's really nice there and there's a lot of support. I know that they have a good program and it's a great community. I feel that they have a lot of support from their fans and they're a program, I feel, that they take good care of their players," he said.

Robinson, who will pursue a business major, said he'd like to visit Iowa again in the spring. He said he's also hearing from Iowa State, Illinois and Northern Illinois in recruiting.

"I'm not sure yet when I'm going to commit, maybe sometime in the summer," he said.

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