"Hometown kid" talks early favorites

Steve Kragthorpe has put an early emphasis on recruiting the Louisville Metro area this year. That philosophy is paying early dividends as Louisville (KY) Central wide receiver Stephan Robinson lists the Cardinals as an early favorite.

Coming off a second straight state title, Central (KY) High School is becoming a football powerhouse in the Louisville metro area.

Wide receiver Stephan Robinson was a major player in the Yellow Jacket's success this past season and he is getting looks from several BCS level programs.

"The teams that are looking at me as of now are Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan State, and some others. As of right now I hold offers from Louisville and Illinois," said Robinson.

Robinson is intimately familiar with the Louisville program and he had plenty to say about the hometown school.

"I am a fan of Louisville and my whole family are Cardinal fans also. Someday I want to be the ‘hometown kid'. (Coach Kragthorpe) is bringing in a whole new staff this year, and he is taking over the offensive play calling this season. And I think that could be a good thing because last year they were run, run, play action," said Robinson. "And also the fans are very supportive and even when you aren't playing well they are behind you. And I have played the last two state championship games at Papa John's stadium and with the expansion going on even more Card fans can come see us play there. If that is the place I choose to go."

Stephan will lean on his family as he goes through the recruiting process, and one person in particular will be big in his decision making process.

"Academics are a big part for me and my mom also. She wants to go to a school that is big on academics. A school that is going to make sure my grades are good, and that I don't fall behind. Because if that happened she would come up there and deal with me," said Robinson.

Blessed with great athleticism, Robinson could play at several positions at the next level but he's prefer to play receiver.

"Besides Louisville I like Illinois and Cincinnati also because they pass the ball a lot. I know some teams are looking at me as possibly a defensive back but I mainly want to play offense. Louisville is recruiting me as a wide receiver and punt returner," said Robinson. "The coaches all call me "The Speedster" and they tell me that speed kills. So that is what I bring to the table, and I am also very coachable also. You won't have to worry about me being a guy that doesn't take coaching. That is another thing that they really like."

Robinson made a visit to Cincinnati this past Saturday and he is looking to make some more trips as spring practice approaches.

"For the spring I am going to be taking visits to Louisville, Illinois, and I am going to go up to Kentucky in 2 or 3 weeks. And I am also going to be taking a visit to Alabama. They want me to come for a visit," said Robinson.

Though he had a breakthrough season Robinson is ready to take his game to the next level and he understands his success is not achieved by himself.

"I feel I really stepped up my junior year. I was injured most of my sophomore season so this year it was my turn to step up and I think I did. But really I have to give a lot of credit to our offensive line as well. I don't know where I would have been without those guys," said Robinson. "My coaches said they want me to really work on my route running. They said that they want me to have perfect route running. Also I want to get stronger and work on my speed. I want to work on my total game to become a better player."

Still early in his recruitment, Stephan is taking his time with the process, though he does have a few early favorites.

"As of right now I am still wide open, but Illinois is really up there because they were the first team to offer me. They offered me the second game of the season last year so that was big. And Louisville also because I am a hometown kid and I really like it here. But who knows where I am going to go," said Robinson. "I am undecided about when I will make my decision. That could change when I go on my visits, but as of right now I am not sure. I have all the rest of this year and all of next year so we will see what happens."

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