One of the more intriguing prospects in the state of Michigan’s 2016 class is Midland Dow standout Mike Robb. The 6-6, 180-pound pass-catcher turned heads last fall with his exceptional ball skills and open-field ability that belies his height.
“At Dow we changed offenses and it was really exciting because this year we went to a completely wide open (attack), and Coach Watkins he let me go out as receiver,” Robb said. “That was pretty exciting. The coach gave me a lot of responsibility with getting the bubble screens and doing whatever I could do with the ball. It was a lot of fun.”
Those same skills were on full display Saturday Night during the Midnight Madness 7-on-7 in Brighton.
“I think I did really well,” said Robb reflecting upon his performance. “I was just trying to be really physical with everybody out here.”
College coaches have definitely taken notice of the rising sophomore’s talent, as evidenced by the numerous correspondences he has received since the end of the season. Among those in the most frequent contact are in-state rivals Michigan and Michigan State. Robb insists he had no allegiance to either growing up, but the same can’t be said for his family.
“I have four sisters that all went to Michigan State, but my grandpa went to U of M. So, there is controversy in the family,” Robb said laughingly. “I was actually a Florida Gator’s fan.”
Now Robb is a fan of the program that will offer him the best opportunity. He is still in search of his first offer, so that is a long way from being determined. At this point he is focused on getting to know the programs courting him by making campus visits. A stop he made in East Lansing a few weeks back left a very favorable impression.
“Their facilities were staggering actually,” Robb said of the Spartans. “They were so nice with the Nike sponsorship and everything going on there. “Michigan State, they pretty much just said get heavier, just get in the weight room.”
Michigan was next up on the visit schedule last Sunday. After seeing what the Wolverines had to offer Robb came away similarly impressed.
“It actually was really really impressive how they treated all the recruits,” he said. “Everybody down there was really really nice. I got there and then we had this meeting and then we went through individual coaches. Then we had lunch/breakfast. Then we had another meeting and we went to the game. Then after the game we toured the stadium and all the facilities.“
While speaking with the coaches in Ann Arbor Robb gained clarity on the position they project at moving forward.
“I went with the tight ends,” he said. “(Dan Ferrigno) told me that they are thinking about trying to do a hybrid. Some formations I might be inside, some I may be split out. He is a great guy. That was my first time talking with him. I kind of shadowed around him. He was a real nice guy to talk to.”
“I know they have had a lot of successful tight ends come through their program. I would like to play receiver but wherever the scholarship is...”
Now in the aftermath of two great visit experiences Robb said his list of favorites is pretty simple.
“In no specific order, Michigan and Michigan State,” he stated. “They’re (both) high.”