Robinson Ready for Freshman Season

TSR catches up with 2010 Terps commit Matt Robinson as he prepares for his freshman year.

As his senior year of high school is nearing its end, 2010 Terps commit Matt Robinson is beginning to prepare for his future as a student athlete at Maryland.

“We focused on filling out, finishing up this packet that [Strength and Conditioning] Coach [Dwight] Galt gave me for the spring back after basketball season. I’m just about done with that,” said Robinson. “That’s really the only preparation I’ve been doing is that weight training book and doing my own running on the track and what not.”

At his National Signing Day press conference, Terps’ Head Coach Ralph Friedgen said that he was unsure which side of the ball they would have Robinson play because of his great athleticism and ability to make plays on offense and defense. However, the coaches have since come to a decision on that issue.

“I’m starting out at safety,” said Robinson. “They’re saying that if I can work hard and just learn the system, because they’ve been looking for a couple of safeties, then if I could step up and be that guy then maybe I could see some playing time.”

Robinson is aware of the difficulty in adjusting to playing football at the college level and has kept his expectations for his freshman season grounded.

“I just kind of want to come in and get settled in and just find my spot on the team and not try to make any outrageous expectations for myself,” said the 6-foot-4-inch, 210-pound athlete. “Just to come in there and just find my place, get used to the college scene, get used to playing such a high caliber of football and hopefully just doing well in practice and learning, picking up the defensive schemes and the system.”

However, Robinson also has goals in mind for his entire stay at Maryland, which involve the classroom as well as the gridiron.

“My goal is to, first of all, get a nice business degree. That’s like one of my main goals, because I’m really looking forward to pursuing that career,” he said. “And hopefully my goal is to just work my way up the ladder on the team and hopefully earn a starting spot someday, and just get out there and get to play for my school.”

In fact, Robinson said that simply playing at the college level is what excites him most as he approaches his freshman season.

“I just really like playing. And just to be playing at this caliber of level, I’m really excited to be a part of that,” said Robinson. “Because it’s like always been a dream of mine just to play big-time Division I football and now that it’s coming true, I just want to make sure I take advantage of my opportunities.”

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