It took him an extra day to arrive in College Park, Md., since he had to sit for the SATs Dec. 6, but Trinity-Pawling (Pawling, N.Y.) defensive end Austrian Robinson still got the full 48-hour official visit experience at Maryland. The top Terps’ edge rusher target drove down from New York along with his mother and two younger brothers, and apparently the whole quartet left thoroughly impressed.
“Everything went great – real great,” said Robinson, who left early afternoon Dec. 8. “It was good to get back down there, to see the school again and to see the team more in action at practice. It was good because my mom didn’t come the last time I was here, so this time she could see the school. She really liked it and said she could definitely see me there.”
The 6-foot-5, 275-pounder said the highlight of the visit was the time he spent with his player host, sophomore Jesse Aniebonam, and the other current Terps. Robinson said Aniebonam answered all of his questions and gave him the inside scoop on the UMD program.
“Just meeting all the players there, that was great. They were all very welcoming,” said Robinson, who was last in College Park back in June. “My host was No. 41, Jesse [Aniebonam], and he was talking to me straight up. He’s going to be a good player there, and he was telling me all about the good things there and the other things going on. He was real with me and I liked that. He said it’s a great place to go and the people there are great. He said it’s great people to be around and how the coaches are honest with you. [Aniebonam was] telling me how, if you work hard and listen to the coaches, you’re going to get opportunities. He said the coaches aren’t going to BS you or anything like that.”
Robinson has had a relationship with two of those aforementioned coaches, area recruiter Lyndon Johnson and position coach Chad Wilt, for months. The two UMD assistants have stayed in touch frequently via social media, and both have been up to visit Trinity-Pawling before. Moreover, Johnson and head coach Randy Edsall both went in-home with Robinson recently to talk to the defensive end and his mother.
“Coach Wilt and Coach Johnson, they’re both great guys to talk to. They told me if I came in there, I’d have a real big impact there. They really want me there and think I can really help them,” Robinson said. “They want me bad down there, and they said if I work I have a real bright future there. And Coach Edsall, he wants me to be part of the family, and he likes me as a person as well as a player. He really wants me to be part of the team.”
Robinson said he paid close attention to Wilt and how he coached the defensive line during practice. The Trinity-Pawling product called Wilt “energetic” and a “great coach,” and someone he could see himself playing for. On top of that, Robinson enjoyed sitting down with the Terps’ first-year assistant one-on-one to go over scheme and how he’d fit into the system.
“It looks like a real good fit,” Robinson said. “They need guys like me up front, and I’d have a chance, if I work hard, to step in and play a defensive end spot for them. It’s a great opportunity.”
The New York prospect also had a chance to speak to a couple academic advisors. He said he’s thinking about majoring in either communications (broadcasting) or criminal justice.
“Maryland has really good programs for the two majors I’m thinking about, and that’s a big plus,” Robinson said. “I’m not sure exactly what I want to do yet, but the academic people were telling me Maryland has a top [broadcasting] program and a top criminal justice program, so that really stood out.”
He went on to detail the campus tour, the facilities he saw, the Under Armour jerseys he tried on and the plans for the “New Cole” set to open in 2017.
“It was all great, all great,” Robinson said. “That new facility, that’s coming and it looks great. I can’t wait to use that thing. And the uniforms, the weight room, the dorms, the campus -- all great. I really feel like I could fit in well there. I liked it a lot.”
His mother did as well. Robinson said his mom spent a good amount of time chatting up Edsall, Wilt and other Maryland staff members.
“She likes how she can come see me play, and she got along well with all the coaches,” Robinson said. “My mom liked what Coach Edsall was saying and also Coach Wilt and Coach Johnson.”
Robinson had previously called UMD his No. 1 school, and, not surprisingly, it remains in the driver’s seat following this official.
“Maryland was my No. 1 going in, so it couldn’t really go down,” Robison said, chuckling. “The visit was great, and [the Terps] are still No. 1 right now.”
Robison has already taken official visits to Purdue and now UMD, and has Miami coming up Jan. 16 followed by Ole Miss on Jan. 23. He also plans to see UCF, though he hasn’t set a date for that trip yet (it will likely coincide with his Miami visit).
Penn State, which just recently offered, is set to make a move as well. Robinson isn’t sure whether or not he’ll be able to officially visit State College, Pa., but he does plan to return to Happy Valley on his own dime at some point.
“I’m looking to go back to Penn State and meet the coaches and see the school and all that,” said Robinson, who just took in PSU for its game against Michigan State. “I’m still thinking about when I can get there, but I definitely want to get back.”
Robinson does not plan on deciding on a school until right around Signing Day in February. He’s intent on taking all five of his official visits.
“I’ll take all five just so I can enjoy the process,” Robinson said. “I’m not in a rush.”
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