David Robbins admitted he was a late bloomer. The Glenelg (Md.) junior offensive guard said he didn't really begin developing until the eighth grade, and even when he did come on during his first two high school seasons, he wasn't sure he'd have a shot at playing Division I college football.
"I just didn't think I had the potential," Robbins said. "But I have my coach to thank for helping me out and also getting me recruited. I've really come on the last year or so."
Yes, the 6-foot-4, 295 pounder certainly has a shot at the big time now. After recently receiving his first offer from Illinois, the hometown school, Maryland, just jumped into the fray Feb. 2 with his second verbal. Meanwhile, Wake Forest, Boston College, Delaware and Rutgers, along with UMD, all came in to see Robbins the last two weeks.
"Maryland is a big one," Robbins said. "The new O-line coach [Greg Studrawa] actually just called my coach, and my coach told me to give him a call. So I did and [Studrawa] said he'd like to offer me and he's making it a point to come out and see me.
"I was really glad that I got that one. Maryland is the hometown school, and that's really exciting. It means something that they're not just jumping on the bandwagon for me late, and were one of the first two schools to offer. Maryland is a great opportunity, a great school and they're going to the Big Ten."
With Studrawa just taking the Terps' offensive line gig Jan. 25, it's little wonder Robbins hadn't had a chance to speak with him until Feb. 2. But from the way it sounded, the two hit it off almost immediately.
"Coach [Studrawa] is a really, really, really nice guy. He makes you feel like you've known him for a long time, even when you just started talking to him," Robbins said. "He's very friendly, and a great recruiter.
"He told me about his background some, and I know he was at LSU and won a national championship there. He's someone I think I could learn a lot from. He was telling me I could be a cornerstone of the Marylnad O-line going into the Big Ten."
Evidently Studrawa wants Robbins to visit College Park, Md., in the not-too-distant future, which the Glenelg guard plans to do. He said in the next week or two he'll return to campus for a tour and to meet the staff.
"I was last at Maryland for their first game last year against Florida International," Robbins said. "It's a really nice school, and you can tell the program is moving up. They had some injuries this year, but you can tell they have potential."
UMD is only one school on Robbins' radar, however. He's actually heading to Kentucky for a junior day next weekend, and will likely hit a couple more after that. Robbins has already visited Rutgers, Boston College, Virginia, Illinois, N.C. State, Maryland, Georgia and Penn State.
"I actually really liked Georgia and PSU when I visited, mainly because each of those campuses were like small towns and were similar to where I'm from at Glenelg," Robbins said. "I'm not really a big city guy, you know? But they were all nice places; all nice schools."
Though a could programs have caught his eye, Robbins claims no favorites or leaders. With his profile continuing ot grow, he's willing to be patient with the recruiting process and see what offers come in. He doesn't plan on committing until during or after his senior season.
Currently, Robbins is focused on his craft and has been hitting the weights hard this offseason. He started every game at right guard last year and earned all-state honors, but the Glenelg lineman still has work to do.
"I think I stayed aggressive this year, stayed low at the point of attack and got a good push off the ball," Robbins said. "But I have to work on my pass blocking since we have mainly a running offense. I'd also like to be able to have more second-level blocks, like pancake one guy then move downfield to block another guy. I'm trying to be a more complete all-around lineman this year."
Robbins Excited About Terps Offer
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