At the beginning of the 2014 high school football season Alton Robinson’s name wasn’t being mentioned alongside the top 2016 prospects in the talent-rich state of Texas. By the end season, however, things had definitely changed for the Converse Judson star.
“Early in the year I broke my hand, then I got moved from my position of outside linebacker down to defensive line,” Robinson recalled. “Then from there, I kind of worked myself into the position. In my prior years I’d played defensive end/outside linebacker, but his year I was mainly defensive end. I got used to it as the season went on (and) I just started sacking quarterbacks. I think I had 98 solo tackles, 20 sacks, and 20 tackles for loss.”
Robinson’s on-field impact was eerily similar to that of the NFL player he looks up to. It just so happens that their names are similar too.
That turned out to be a fortuitous bounce for Michigan. The Wolverines entered Robinson’s recruitment abruptly early this month, and due in large part to the 49ers connection that interest was immediately returned.
“(Michigan’s recruitment) started kind of quick,” said Robinson. “One of the Michigan coaches, I think Coach Partridge, called one of my coaches my head coach. He gave me the number (to Michigan’s football office) and he said you should give him a call. I called him and we talked for a little bit. We talked about my major and how the season went. At the end of the conversation he just told me, ‘we want you here and you have a scholarship here if this is where you want to go.’”
“I was excited. Coach Harbaugh is at Michigan now and from him coming from the 49ers that’s been my favorite team in the NFL and I kind of simulate my game after Aldon Smith. It is kind of a good feeling to know that I can go play for Coach Harbaugh and he can kind of mold me into being Aldon Smith in a sense.”
“Michigan, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M,” he stated.
That leaderboard is certainly subject to change. Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Arkansas are all showing growing interest, and offers from any them could affect things. So too could visits he takes in the coming months. He plans to take as many as possible, but for now the only ones he has on the itinerary are his favorites.”
“I (already) visited Texas A&M and I’m scheduled for a visit to Oklahoma State on April 18th,” said Robinson. “We spoke (to Michigan) about (a visit). I told them I was going to talk it over with my dad. I think the summer would be the best time to try and get up there.”
If all goes according to plan Robinson will have seen all he needs to see in order to make a fall decision.
“I think by the mid-season next year I’ll be committed somewhere,” he said. (It will come down to whether or not they have the degree that I want, the graduation rate, and I wouldn’t want to go into a losing school. I want to go into a school that has a winning program.”