Jesse Robinson talks K-State offer

MANHATTAN, Kan, - Richard Stover talked with the offensive lineman who sees Manhattan as a good match.

An excellent place to scout for talent is L.D. Bell High School in Tarrant County, Texas located between the bustling cities of Dallas and Fort Worth. While visiting the area, Kansas State stopped by the 5A school and decided to offer Jesse Robinson, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound offensive lineman.

"The Kansas State coaches told my head coach about the offer," said Jesse Robinson. "He told me they're looking for athletic offensive tackles who can come in and help them, and they think I'd be a good match. They'd like to see me at their camp over the summer and spend time with the offensive line coach.

"I really like the program. You see them ranked in the Top 25 every year with a potential to win championships. It would be a great place to play. The Big 12 is a strong conference that offers a lot of competition."

Arkansas State was the first team to offer Robinson followed by North Texas. He'd like to take his time with visits and see if other schools expressing interest will decide to make an offer.

"Oklahoma has been showing interest from the beginning," he explained. "TCU and Texas Tech are coming on strong. I spoke to BYU yesterday. They're very interested, but have a policy where they won't offer unless you make a visit.

"There's no set time for me to have a decision made by. I'm going to the Kansas State camp and the North Texas camp and probably a few others to see how I like it. The education is also a factor I'm going to heavily consider."

Robinson was a starter at guard during his sophomore season. He moved to right tackle as a junior and took All-District honors for a 6-4 Raiders team.

"I had a lot more size last season," Robinson stated. "I went from 250 [pounds] to 280. I was stronger, more physical, and was more aggressive in my blocking. Now I'm between 265 and 270 and feel even stronger, but quicker with more speed."

Robinson wrestled as a heavyweight after the football season to improve his agility. He also threw shot put and discus in track and field. Robinson said one of his top goals for his senior year is to "Beat Trinity". The Raiders fell to their rival 41-11 in 2011, but return a solid senior group with Robinson and defensive end Vili Leveni.

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