St. John’s (Washington, D.C.) running back Keilan Robinson established himself as a prospect of note last summer when he pulled his very first offer from Maryland. His recruitment didn’t increase too much during the fall, mainly due to a broken collarbone that limited the 5-foot-9, 185-pounder to five games, but this offseason he’s been generating some steam.
Robinson, who is 100 percent healthy, has added offers from Rutgers, North Carolina and Michigan State, while programs such as Nebraska, Penn State and Virginia Tech have been in relatively regular communication. Plus, Robinson has been exposed to numerous other college assistants who have stopped by St. John’s during the current spring evaluation period.
“It’s been pretty cool seeing all these coaches come in and showing interest. North Carolina, Penn State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Indiana, Syracuse, Maryland, Michigan State, Virginia Tech – a whole bunch,” Robinson said. “It’s been pretty cool to meet all these guys.”
One frequent visitor of St. John’s is Maryland-area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim. The Terps’ assistant has deep ties in the D.C. area and knows most of its foremost recruits very well.
“I know a lot of the Maryland coaches, but I’m closest with Coach Aazaar. I’ve known him for awhile, since he was a high school coach at Friendship (Washington, D.C.),” Robinson said. “He was around my youth program a lot in Northeast [D.C.], and I’ve known him since then. So me and him are real cool; he’s a good guy.”
Robinson has met Abdul-Rahim and the rest of the Terps’ staff during his frequent treks through nearby College Park, Md. The St. John’s runner said he’s been on campus so much, “I couldn’t even tell you how many times I’ve been there.”
“I’m real comfortable up there and it’s close by. I like how the coaches are, the vibe there and all that,” said Robinson, who was at a recent spring practice and before that attended multiple games during the fall. “It’s the hometown school, I know pretty much everybody up there, and I like the direction they’re heading. When I first saw Maryland under the former coach, they didn’t look like they were really heading in the right direction, but Coach [DJ] Durkin has them moving up. I like what he has going on there. It’s a real good atmosphere there now, and I believe they can do big things in the Big Ten. I like Maryland.
“It was my first offer too. That was a big thing; they were first to recognize my talents.”
The local back has taken note of the other recruits who have chosen to stick with the hometown school as well. In fact, he just saw two of his 2017 teammates, Kasim Hill and Cam Spence, sign with the Terps.
“I like the hometown movement. It’s cool to see the people from this area actually go there and build the program up. I like the emphasis on getting us guys up there,” Robinson said. “I know guys like Kasim [Hill] and Cam [Spence] are going there too. We don’t really talk about Maryland at all, but it’s cool those guys and others in the area are going there.”
Besides his frequent visits to UMD, Anderson has been to Penn State for a junior day and UNC during his spring break.
“I like Penn State a lot. The coaches are real cool and explained everything to me when I was up there. I really like the school and the feel up there too. It’s a great program and a lot of tradition there. I could definitely see myself there. I’d love to get an offer from them; that would be big,” Anderson said. “I liked UNC a lot too. It’s a great program, the coaches were great to talk to, and I like the school too. I want to get back there at some point.”
Robinson has no summer visits on tap, but admitted he might be able to take in some nearby locales. He doesn’t have any campuses he definitely wants to see this offseason, however.
“And I don’t really have any dream offers either,” Robinson said. “People always ask me about that, and I tell them I didn’t really pay attention to college football until recently, for real. I’m just looking for whatever program wants me there and fits me best.”