Louisville, WVU neck-and-neck for 4-star WR

Louisville and West Virginia, both nationally ranked preseason teams, figure to battle for the 2006 Big East title on the field this season. Off the field, the Cards and Mountaineers are fighting hard for the services of four-star Indianapolis, IN WR Adrien Robinson. InsideTheVille.com has the latest on this heated recruiting battle.

Indianapolis wide receiver/tight end Adrien Robinson (6-4, 225, 4.5), from Central High School, said he favors West Virginia (offer) slightly over Louisville (offer), Indiana (offer), Michigan, Georgia Tech and Iowa.

"West Virginia and Louisville are almost neck-and-neck, but West Virginia has the slight lead," said Robinson, a Scout.com four-star prospect.

"The only school that is recruiting me as a tight end is Ole Miss, and they said I could play both positions. I play wide receiver in high school and that's what every other school is recruiting me for," he said. "My greatest strength is my size. The guys who guard me are always smaller than me. Right now, my coach and I are working on my running routes with cone drills.

"West Virginia has a great strength coordinator. He is full of energy and he does things in the weight room that I haven't done before, so I know it would make me a better athlete. The football facilities are also put close together. I visited in the school year," Robinson said.

"Louisville has a good offense because they throw the ball a lot. I didn't really get to visit, but I was on the outside of the school and I got to see the practice fields. I would like to go to camp there sometime this summer and visit for real.

"I like that Indiana is close to home. I visited in June, and Bloomington is only an hour away from Indianapolis. They have a whole new coaching staff and all the guys seem easy to get along with," he said.

"Michigan has big tradition. They're in the top percentage of winning schools in the nation. I've been to a basketball game there, the Nike camp last year, and I worked out for one day during one of their camps. A player from my high school is going to be a junior at Michigan, Chris Graham (linebacker). I talk to the coaches a lot and they say they like me, especially coach (Lloyd) Carr.

"Georgia Tech is in Atlanta. I love that city--there is always something to do, and my uncle lives there. I leave with some teammates to go to camps at Georgia Tech, Georgia and Virginia Tech on July 6," Robinson said.

"I haven't visited Iowa yet, but I would like to go to camp there. The recruiting coach, Eric Johnson, is easy to talk to. They say I am one of their top guys, but they haven't offered me.

"I would like to play both basketball and football, but I'm not being recruited for basketball anymore because I didn't play last season. I'm better at football anyway, and I don't think I'm good enough at basketball to play in college," he said. Robinson played center his sophomore year and averaged 10.0 ppg.

"I'll go through the whole recruiting process because I want to see what other schools end up offering me. I want a school that has a good atmosphere, where I can play early, and that has a balanced offense where they mix it up by passing and running evenly. I'll go far away--but if a school is closer to home, that's just a plus.

Final junior season stats: 11 receptions for 273 yards and 2 TDs.

Robinson reports a C average and a 17 ACT.

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