The Terps have already handed out a slew of offensive line offers this offseason, but on Feb. 20 the staff made headway with trenchmen on the opposite side of the ball. Maryland handed out at least three defensive line offers in a short span, one each to defensive tackle Aaron Crawford (Stone Bridge/Ashburn, Va.), Canadian Prep (Ontario, Canada) defensive end Neville Gallimore, and finally Trinity-Pawling (Pawling, N.Y.) defensive end Austrian Robinson, a 6-foot-6, 255 pounder.
"I was just really excited when the offer came in; it was my first one," Robinson said. "I talked to Coach [Chad] Wilt, and then Coach [Lyndon] Johnson, who recruits my area, let me know on Twitter I had the offer, saying, ‘Congratulations.'"
Though Robinson can play either side of the ball, he said the Terps want him exclusively at defensive end.
"Coach Wilt said I'm athletic and he likes how I move for my size at defensive end," Robinson said. "[Wilt] said I'm a good all-around player, but he likes my strength and versatility on defense."
Now that he has the offer, Robinson will go about doing some research on the school and setting up a visit. He said he's driven by College Park, Md., a couple times but has never been on campus before.
"All I know right now is that Maryland is in the ACC and moving to the Big Ten, which is a good move," Robinson said. "I know it's a good school in terms of academics, and they have top business and criminal law programs, and I think I might study one of those. But that's all I know right now. I'm talking to the Maryland coaches about setting up a visit in the spring so I can find out more."
Besides the Terps, Robinson is also hearing from Duke, Buffalo, Rutgers and Massachusetts. He said he'll attend RU's junior day March 8 and possibly Buffalo's March 1. The UMD trip should come sometime in mid-March.
"Right now I'm just getting the process started; I haven't taken any visits yet or anything," Robinson said. "With the Maryland offer, I'd have to say that school is at the top of my list, but I'm really wide open. I don't really have any offers I'm looking for – I'm looking for anything to come in. I just want to see what happens with all this."
Robinson is a relative newcomer to football. He was mainly a basketball player up until he reached high school, when he was required to play a sport each season.
"So I decided to give football a try. As a kid I played touch football and flag football, but that wasn't real," Robinson said. "But I always liked the physical and aggressive parts of football, so when I got [to high school] I wanted to play it. And I love it; it's my favorite sport now."
During his first year he played jayvee ball, but as a sophomore Robinson started at defensive tackle and racked up 11 sacks. Then last year he finished second on the team in tackles and had a dozen sacks to boot.
"I had a pretty good year, but I still have a lot to work on," Robinson said. "It's mainly my technique and just learning the game more. I've only been playing football for a couple years, so I've still got a lot to get down. I think I have a lot of potential though."
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