COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Trinity Pawling (Pawling, N.Y.) defensive end Austrian Robinson had been eager to visit Maryland for several months, and he finally made it down to campus June 7. The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder, who has held a Terps offer since last winter, didn't participate in UMD's one-day camp but he did have a chance to watch the coaches in action; talk to a few players; tour the campus and take in all that Maryland had to offer.
"I liked it a lot; it was way better than I thought," said Robinson, who holds offers from Maryland, Boston College, Rutgers, Kansas, Syracuse, UCF, Pittsburgh, Purdue and ODU. "I'd give the visit a 10 out of 10, because it was everything I expected and more."
Robinson said the best part of the trip was hanging out with the Maryland coaches. He already had a relationship with defensive line coach Chad Wilt and area recruiter Lyndon Johnson and said both showed him a good time while in College Park. In addition, he was impressed with head coach Randy Edsall and the current Terps.
"I was talking to the coaches for awhile, and I loved them," said Robinson, who spent most of his stay riding around in a golf cart with said staff members. "They were mainly talking about how if I went to Maryland I could really excel as a person and as a football player. They talked about how I could really fit in to what they were doing.
"Coach Wilt, he's my guy and I talk to him like every other day. He's a great coach and is very energetic, and he's the type of guy I'd like to play for. He was telling me how I could come in there, play right away and really help Maryland win. And Coach Johnson, I was with him all day [June 7], and he was telling me before I got there that I was going to love it. He was right about that – it was a great trip. But I really like Coach Johnson, too, and he's very cool.
"I met a few players while I was there too. They were saying some good things about Maryland and they were cool. I liked those guys."
Before touring the campus and taking in College Park, Robinson spent a good amount of one-on-one time with Edsall. Robinson said Maryland's headman stressed the school's academics as well as the Terps' need for defensive linemen like the big New York edge rusher.
"[Edsall] was saying he liked me a lot and can see me in the defense, and he thinks I can make an impact there. He was saying how he could help me develop, and he was talking about the different majors and how they help the athletes there," Robinson said. "I was very impressed with him. He's a good guy to talk to."
Robinson talked up the campus, the Under Armour jerseys and the new indoor facility plans as well. The Big Ten move, meanwhile, is another attractive quality he harped on.
"I had to try on the Under Armour stuff – had to take advantage of that," Robinson said, chuckling. "I had a red No. 56, and I took pictures and everything. I liked the campus a lot too. It's kind of like how my school is with the stadium and everything is spaced out, but it's still all right there for you. And the new facility, oh man. When I saw that I was like, ‘OK, they're serious.'"
While Robinson does like Maryland, he does have other suitors in play. He said his current top three is UMD, Boston College and Rutgers, and all three are even in his eyes.
But that list could change as Robinson takes more visits and accumulates other offers. Robinson will be returning to Rutgers June 13, and he'll hit UConn and Boston College later in June. Syracuse is on the docket as well, and he'd like to get to Pittsburgh, Miami, Ole Miss, Penn State and UCF.
Robinson still wants to wait until after his senior season, perhaps in December, before making any kind of college decision. He said he wants to take official visits and see if perhaps he can snag an SEC offer or two with a standout senior campaign.
"I'm thinking right now I definitely want to come back to Maryland for an official," Robinson said. "They're definitely one of my top schools. But we'll see; I'm not deciding until December or sometime around there."
Robinson Rates Terps Trip a '10'
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