Robinson Eager to See College Park

Austrian Robinson (Trinity Pawling/Pawling, N.Y.) has seen his offer list expand considerably since Maryland became the first school to extend a scholarship to him last winter.

Austrian Robinson (Trinity Pawling/Pawling, N.Y.) has seen his offer list expand considerably since Maryland became the first school to extend a scholarship to him last winter. The 6-foot-8, 255 pounder now holds verbals from the likes of Boston College, Old Dominion, Rutgers, Wake Forest, Temple and Syrauce, in addition to UMD, while programs such as Michigan State, Ole Miss and Wake Forest have stayed in touch.

But even though a few nearby programs have caught Robinson's eye, he's still eager to check out the first school to pursue him.

"I've been trying to get down to Maryland for awhile now, but I just haven't been able to get a ride down yet," Robinson said. "More than any other school that's the one I want to see. Their coaches talk to me like every other day, and a bunch of kids from my school have gone their for lacrosse and they love it. They were the first to offer, and I really want to see what it's like. You know, they're playing in the Big Ten, now, so that makes them stand out too."

Robinson has been in contact with Terps' New York area recruiter Lyndon Johnson on a consistent basis, mentioning the two speak often. He's also recently talked to UMD defensive line coach Chad Wilt, his potential position coach.

"I actually just talked to Coach Johnson last week, and he was immediately telling me how he wants me there, how I would be a great fit there and could really come in and play right away," Robinson said. "And I just started talking to Coach Wilt, and he also said I can have an immediate impact there and he really likes my athleticism and strength. He said [Maryland] can make me in to a better player, and if I keep working I might be fortunate enough go to the NFL one day."

The New York edge rusher has never visited College Park, Md., before, but he's heard plenty from his classmates. He said he knows three or four Trinity Pawling lacrosse players who have visited the area, and returned with plenty of positive reports.

"They say the atmosphere is great, there's some great restaurants down there and they said it's a nice place," Robinson said. "They said College Park is a real cool place, so I definitely want to check it out, probably by the end of the summer at the latest."

Robinson hasn't been able to get down to Maryland, but he did just visit nearby Rutgers April 12, and before that he took in BC March 27.

"I like Rutgers a lot," Robinson said. "The coaching staff is really cool. I talked to them a good bit, and I was hanging out with them, having a good time. One of the good things about Rutgers is it's close to home, and I've thought about how my family could come see me and how I could easily go back if I needed to.

"So I'm interested in them, and I'm probably going back to Rutgers for the spring game – at least I'm going to try."

As for BC, Robinson said the atmosphere was similar to that at Trinity Pawling.

"It's a really nice school, and I was comfortable there," Robinson said. "The practice was nice, and I liked the D-line coach and what he was saying to me. I met some players, too, and they were cool. Like Maryland, I can make an early impact at BC, so I'm going to be looking at them too."

Robinson does not have any visits set in stone this spring, though he will be attending a Nike combine April 27. He has no plans to make an early college decision.

"The idea is I'll commit after my senior season," Robinson said. "I want to see what happens after I send film out from this year."

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