Jersey Linebacker Talks About Iowa Interest

The Iowa Hawkeyes knew they had some big time talent coming into town this past weekend, but perhaps none better than four star linebacker Lamont Robinson. One of New Jersey's finest prospects ended up not being able to make the visit, but did reschedule a visit to Iowa City for January. Considered a soft commitment to Virginia, Robinson talks about why he decided to open up his recruitment and discusses his interest in the Hawkeyes.

The Iowa Hawkeyes have been very aggressive in pursuing the best available prospects on their board to play the SAM linebacker position. After losing out on junior college linebacker Steve Octavien, it's probably safe to say the Hawkeye coaching staff has centered their focus around Lamont Robinson.

Robinson was slated to be in Iowa City this weekend for an official visit, but things did not work out.

"I had a basketball game Friday night and had some family over at my house afterwards," said Robinson. "My flight was to leave at 6 am on Saturday morning, and I didn't wake up until 5:45 a.m. The coaches were kind of disappointed, but I rescheduled my official visit for January 14th."

Robinson has previously taken official visits to Georgia, Oklahoma, and Ohio State. He noted that both Georgia and Oklahoma were a bit more impressive than Ohio State.

"One of the main reasons I opened up my recruitment was for the fact that I've been blessed with the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people. Who could imagine sitting down one on one with Coach (Bob) Stoops and Coach (Brent) Venables. I've had Coach (Mark) Richt and Coach (Jim) Tressel both come to my high school. It is flattering as those are guys that have won national championships, and I feel like I owe it to myself to see why these programs have had the success that they've had," stated Robinson.

Robinson says playing for a team he feels will give him the best shot at winning one or more national championships is probably the biggest factor he will use in making that decision.

Besides that factor, though, he desires to be a part of a family atmosphere.

"(Iowa)Coach (Darrell) Wilson told me they will not waste their time in recruiting New Jersey, with it being so far away, if they don't feel you can make an impact on the program," added Robinson, who says he knows Iowa running back target Shonn Greene. "They feel I can help their program achieve their goals and help them not lose a step at the linebacker position after (Abdul) Hodge and (Chad) Greenway depart."

As has been the case with previous New Jersey prospects, Coach Wilson has been a major reason for Robinson's interest in Iowa.

"He is from New Jersey; South Jersey to be exact, and he is the type of person that I'm around everyday. You see, there is a big difference between North Jersey and South Jersey as they are city people and we are country people in South Jersey. Coach Wilson has name value around here and has had a lot of success in bringing Jersey guys out to Iowa City."

"Iowa is a program that I'm giving strong consideration, and I want to take an official visit there. They probably have more Jersey guys on their roster, like Ma'Quan Dawkins, than any other school on my list," said Robinson.

You had also better believe that Robinson will never take his gift in playing the game of football for granted, either. He nearly lost his opportunity this past summer.

"I missed the first part of this season because I was in a severe car accident this past summer," continued Robinson. "I broke a bone in my neck, and fractured two vertebra. The first time I saw the doctor, he said I'd never be able to play football again. Luckily, I guess I was fortunate enough to be a part of a miraculous rehabilitation. What doesn't kill you will only make you stronger."

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