Standout DE Plans On Visiting UM

This talented defensive end prospect plans on visiting the University of Miami later this year with one of his teammates. He talks about why the Hurricanes are at the top of his current list.

When Camden (NJ) Woodrow Wilson standout defensive end Elijah Robinson isn't working at the local bakery this summer, you'll probably find him either in the weight room or on the football field getting ready for what he hopes will be a super senior season.

The talented defensive end recently attended a summer camp at Temple, and came away very impressed with his performance.

"I think I did really well," Robinson told me. "The coaches seem impressed and I did real well. They had me at 6-3 and 255, and I ran a 4.65. I also did 17 reps at 225 on the bench."

Robinson said he's been impressed with the commitment from his teammates this summer.

"Every day, we have over 50 kids in there working out," he said. "That's pretty impressive. Two days the temperature was over 100-degrees."

It's a combination of that strong work ethic plus tremendous athletic ability that has college coaches from all over knocking at his door.

"I started playing ball when I was about 7," he said. "I grew up with all sisters so I got bored in the house. I had a lot of friends playing youth ball but I was always bigger so I had to play with 8th and 9th graders when I was in 6th. That's when I really put all my heart into the sport. You could never catch me playing just one position. I was always moving around. I played mostly running back and linebacker and I was just recently moved to defensive end. When we run a 4-3, I'll even play middle linebacker, but I'm being recruited to play defensive end."

Robinson also competes on the varsity weight lifting and track teams. "I lift a lot and I do track just to stay in shape and to work on my speed and conditioning."

The talented defensive end, who carries a 3.3 GPA inside the classroom, talked about the recruiting process.

"Miami, Iowa, and Illinois all came by this spring and talked to me," he said. "They said they wanted to see more tape and then they'll decide to offer me or not by the middle part of the season. The schools that have sent me scholarships are Rutgers, West Virginia, Indiana, Central Florida, and Minnesota. I also talked to Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and some other ones."

Robinson said five schools stick out on his early list of favorites, but it's two that top the list right now.

"My favorite is either Miami or West Virginia," he said. "I'm also looking hard at Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina."

The Woodrow Wilson standout compared his two favorites.

"I went to West Virginia last September," he said. "I got a real close look at the program and I had a chance to meet the coaches. I like them because they care a lot about the players. Plus, they have real good tutors and it's a place that I feel comfortable."

"Miami has always been my top school since I was young," he said. "I like the defensive ends coach [Greg Mark] that talked to me. A good friend of mine named Jamaal Green plays at Miami now and I see how successful he's been and I think I can do the same types of things. I think I can help them with some more national championships and that's exciting. Coach Mark told me and one of my teammates [defensive end Turk McBride] that he'd like for us to take an official visit to Miami sometime this year. That'll definitely be one of the places Turk and I visit."

Robinson said he'd be excited if the Hurricanes were to offer him a scholarship.

"If Miami offered, I'd be real happy and excited," he said. "I would sit down with my parents and coaches to see if that's truly the best place for me. Right now, they're pretty high on my list, so I hope they do offer me."

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