OL Getting Lots of Attention

When the Carol City coaches approached tight end Akeem Robinson about the possibility of playing offensive tackle this spring, he thought it sounded interesting.

"I like being and tight end and everything but whatever can help the team, I'm all over it," Robinson said. "I ended up playing both in our spring jamboree. It was fun."

Robinson spent all day Saturday working out at the Rutgers summer camp in south Florida.

"They had me down as tight end slash offensive tackle," he said. "I started with the tight ends but then I worked out with the offensive linemen. Coach [Mario] Cristobol taught me a lot about playing O-Line. The big thing he said was to fight pressure with pressure. You have to lock your arms out and all that type of stuff. He was fun to work with and said I have a lot of potential."

Potential is something Robinson is full of. He grew up playing basketball and that helps him a lot on the football field today.

"Since I played so much, I developed good footwork and agility and stuff like that," he said. "As an offensive lineman, I can use all that stuff to my advantage."

Robinson actually comes from a family with a lot of track history in it but says that's not something he's gotten into yet.

"Both my mom and dad ran track in college," he said. "They went to the University of Idaho. But track always seemed to collide with other sports. There would always be one coach who wanted me to do this or that instead. It never worked out."

At 6-foot-4 1/2 and 255 pounds, Robinson is now beginning summer workouts with his teammates. He likes what he sees.

"We've been working hard as a team so far," he said. "A lot of us went to that camp yesterday and did really well. I think we have a chance to be really good and it would be even better if Willie [Williams] is able to play."

Speaking of the talented linebacker, Robinson said Williams hasn't really done much with the team yet.

"He's going to school and everything," he said. "He comes out there but doesn't practice or do any conditioning with us. He's waiting to see if he'll be eligible this year."

The talented tight end/offensive lineman said as much as he enjoys playing on offense, he'd like to give defense a try.

"I would love to get a chance on the defensive line but Coach Frazier doesn't believe in playing one player on both sides of the ball," he said. "So I'm just going to focus on learning as much as I can about playing tackle."

Robinson has a busy month coming up with summer camps, as he plans to attend those events at Rutgers, Florida, Miami, and possibly Florida State. He'll be at UM on June 21-23.

Robinson, who carries a 2.9 GPA and is waiting on SAT scores to come back, received several recruiting calls during the month of May.

"UM called, Nebraska called, N.C. State, Maryland, Wake Forest, Florida, Iowa State, Rutgers, Auburn, Temple, and East Carolina were some of them," he said. "Rutgers even told me I have a full scholarship to play there."

So what is Robinson thinking about in terms of naming some early favorites?

"I'm actually leaning towards going out of state for college," he said. "Right now I'm considering Rutgers, Florida State, Florida, UM, and a couple other out of state schools."

Robinson talked more about the Hurricanes.

"They're straight, I like them," he said. "I'm really wide open still and UM's just like anyone else on my list. I'm going to the school that has a combination of everything I want in a program. I don't know what that is yet since I haven't seen a lot of them yet but I am thinking about leaving the state for real."

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