Four-star shooting guard Brandon Robinson (Douglas County/Douglassville, Ga.) has three official visits in mind and could be set to embark on his first Aug. 8. The 6-foot-5, 160-pounder just pulled an offer from Louisville following the last July live evaluation session and is eager to check out the Cardinals this weekend. After that, Robinson has scheduled an initial trip to Maryland Sept. 12 and his second foray through Florida State Oct. 10.
“There’s a lot of schools recruiting me hard and they’re all priorities for me, but Maryland, Florida State and Louisville, those are three I definitely want to get out to see,” said Robinson, who claims offers from UMD, FSU, UL, Georgia Tech, Texas Tech, Florida, Tennessee, Miami, Alabama, Auburn, Memphis and others. “Florida State and Maryland, they’ve been on me the longest and those are two schools I’ve really been wanting to get out to. I really want to sit down with the coaches from [FSU and UMD] and see what their vision is for me. You know, you talk to them on the phone and that’s one thing, but there’s nothing like sitting down; looking the coach in the eye; and them telling you how you fit into their system.”
Terps’ head coach Mark Turgeon, who went in-home with Robinson back in April, has developed a strong rapport with the Georgia wing. Meanwhile, assistant Cliff Warren has known Robinson since his elementary school days, remaining in touch with the guard’s father (a high school coach) since then.
Both Turgeon and Warren were front and center for Robinson’s games with the Georgia Stars during EYBL play this July.
“I mean, I love the coaching staff at Maryland. Every game I was playing in July, I can promise you somebody from their staff was watching me,” Robinson said. “Coach Turgeon calls me like every week and he loves to talk to me. He loves my game. And Coach Warren and Coach [Dustin] Clark, they want me bad. I can tell Maryland really, really wants me there.
“Like, Coach Turgeon flat out told me I’m a priority recruit for him, and that’s obvious because he’s the head coach calling me. A lot of schools have their assistants call and I don’t really get to talk to the head coach, but Coach Turgeon makes sure he personally reaches out to me. I really look into that, because [Turgeon] is taking time out of his busy schedule to talk to me. He definitely wants me, and he always tell me how well he’d fit into their system.”
Robinson doesn’t know much about Maryland as a school yet, but he’s well aware of the program’s history. He watched UMD play multiple times last year and has taken note of Maryland’s rise in the national ranks.
“You play to be on the best team, and you want to win national championships, and they definitely have that potential at Maryland,” Robinson said. “I’m going to school to get better, develop into a pro and win a championship, and I could defiantly do that at Maryland.
“I know they had a great player come out last year in Dez Wells and have a great guard in Melo [Trimble] maybe coming out this year. I know they develop their guys there and play a great style. I’m very interested.”
Robinson went on to say he’s looking forward to familiarizing himself with College Park and the Xfinity Center during his September official. He said everything he sees will be “brand new to me, so I have to see what it’s like.”
While the Terps are in a strong spot for Robinson’s services, the Seminoles are as well. Many consider Florida State to be the team to beat, Robinson routinely singing the ‘Noles’ praises in the months since visiting FSU for the first time.
“Florida State, they text me every day wanting me to come there. Their coaches want me to come there so bad, and they have been recruiting me so hard. They talk to me every day about coming there; it’s crazy,” Robinson said. “I’ve been talking to Florida State forever and I loved it when I went down there before. But now I just want to talk to Coach [Leonard] Hamilton and the assistants and just see how I fit in alongside their guards. I just want to get a better feel for the system and the school, and also talk to some players too to get their thoughts.”
Before trekking to Tallahassee and College Park, however, Robinson is trying to see Louisville Aug. 8. But he’s not completely sure he’ll be able to make it out.
“When you take an official visit, you can only take your mom and your dad, so we’re figuring out if there’s a place for my brothers to stay so we can go out [to Louisville],” Robinson said. “The Louisville coaches want me up there said it’s a good time to come, so we’re trying to make that. But if we can’t make it we’ll probably reschedule it for later this month.”
Robinson isn’t sure what his final two officials will be, but he did say he’d like to take all five allotted trips. Georgia Tech and Texas Tech are firmly on the radar, with Florida, Tennessee and possibly Stanford (no offer yet) in play too.
The Georgia guard may determine his last trips after hosting coaches for in-homes next month. He said staffers from UT, UMD, Ga Tech, Stanford, FSU and UF may all stop by his Douglassville home.
“There’s a lot of schools on me now,” Robinson said. “It’s hard to remember them all. But I’m just thankful, and it’s just hard work paying off. I think I played great [in July]. I came out and played my game, relaxed, was confident, and stayed aggressive. I did what I do best, which is score; make plays for others; and play great defense.”
Robinson Sets Officials, Ready For UMD Trip
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