(Report written by Eugene Hankerson)
Class of 2017 defensive lineman Robert Porcher IV is ready to blaze his own trail. The Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips star is the son of former Detroit Lion Robert Porcher. Following a impressive performance at the U.S. Army Combine in January Porcher IV has already received several offers, proving that he might just be a chip off the old block.
The talented youngster plans on attending several camps and combines, but feels like the US Army Combine prepared him what's to come.
"I went up against some good competition down there and did alright. I feel like I go against good competition down here (Florida), so I'm kind of used to it. But it was good to go against somebody new. It was a great experience. I liked the competition."
The month of February looms large, as there are two camps he will be competing in. The 6-3, 250 pounder believes he's underrated.
"I've been training a lot after school, so I'm ready for this. I'm just going to pay attention, show what I can do, and just ball out!"
With his recruitment still in the early stages, Porcher IV doesn't have any favorites schools. He did, however,discuss which schools have offered.
"Tennessee State University was my first offer. They called me right after my spring game last year in May to offer. Indiana offered in October after watching my game. After that came FAU, UMASS, and Old Dominion. Iowa State was my most recent offer. They talked to my coach, and then tweeted that they were offering me. I think Georgia Tech could be next. They're just waiting on ACT that I just took."
Porcher IV spent part of his childhood growing up in Detroit, back when his Dad was starring for the Detroit Lions. He remembers what team he chose to root, as well as his thoughts on the Michigan now.
"I actually liked Michigan. I didn't like Michigan State," he said. "I pulled for the Wolverines. I still like Michigan, they're a good school. I've never been there, but was supposed to go to their football camp last year but never made it. They are one of the schools that would be in my top five. It's a lot of people from Florida that are starting to go up to Michigan, like Eddie McDoom. It's cool to see the number one player overall Rashan Gary go there too."
For those wondering how Robert Porcher Sr. is doing these days, it seems he still in love with game of football that helped foster a special bond with his son.
"My Dad is my position coach of my high school team. I'll come over to the sideline and he'll tell me what I did good or what to work on. We're on the same page. He's just guiding me through everything, giving me tips, and helping me reach my goals. It's just a blessing to have him on my side as a father and coach at the same time."