The 2009 recruiting season hasn't even concluded yet, and already a number of top flight 2010 prospects have already begun to emerge. One of them is Eagle Lake (FL) Lake Region safety Marvin Robinson. The 6-1, 190-pounder's size, speed, and playmaking ability have drawn comparisons to the skills of a former All-American and All-Pro defensive back.
"People compare me to Sean Taylor," Robinson said. "I'm very aggressive, I like to come up and make tackles and put big hits on wide receivers, but I can also cover from sideline to sideline and all over the field. Basically my best skill is reading plays. I read plays very well. I study the film of the team I'm about to play so I'm more prepared for the game."
Based on his scholarship tally to date, Robinson's description must not be far off. He already holds offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, Florida, Florida International USC, Boston College, Georgia, and Nebraska. Despite the explosion in attention, the school that was the first to heavily court him at its summer camp two years ago is the one that still stands out. That school is Michigan.
"It was a great camp," Robinson said, recalling his time in Ann Arbor. "I remember working with Coach Bedford and Coach Ron English and really learning stuff that I didn't know before. I remember going against a lot of top prospects too. The whole thing was fun and very interesting to me. I really learned some new things about playing the position. Getting the offer on top of it was great. Talking to Coach Carr and the defensive coaches was a great experience. That was my first experience with Michigan and that's when Michigan moved to the top of my list."
Florida has been working hard to close the gap on the Maize & Blue, and thanks to the efforts of the headman in Gainesville, Robinson started looking harder at the Gators.
"I had talked to Urban Meyer and he was asking me what was up with the Big 10," remembered Robinson. "I was basically telling him that Michigan was first offer and I liked the coaches and the camp. Florida is basically the other school I've been talking to."
Many believed that the transition to a new coaching staff at Michigan would allow other programs to move into the pole position for Robinson's services. If that opening ever existed, it closed very quickly thanks to the fast bond he forged with the new regime in Ann Arbor.
"I've got a good relationship with Coach Rodriguez and Coach Smith," he said. "I've talked Rod Smith and Rodriguez about how they are going to use me in their defensive scheme. They told me to watch the games to see how they use their safeties. They were telling me that they want me to keep in touch. Coach Rodriguez was basically telling me that some of the recruits that they're getting for safety will most likely be playing outside linebacker. The safety spot would be there for me, but I would have to earn it on the football field."
Envisioning himself in the winged helmet isn't anything new for Robinson, but the mental picture has more vivid in recent weeks thanks to news that friends Ricardo Miller and Jeremy Jackson have pledged to the Wolverines.
"When Jeremy Jackson came down, we were at the Friday Night Lights camp and we were talking about all three of us going up there," said Robinson. "We had been talking about that for a while. (Their commitments) had an effect on me, but I'm going to still talk it over with my family. Me, my mom, and my dad are going up there for the Michigan State game (on October 25th). It's possible that I could join (Miller and Jackson) in the class."
Should Robinson become the third verbal commitment in Michigan's 2010 class, he won't hesitate in trying to help bring others into the fold.
"I talked to Lo Wood at Friday Night lights camp," he said. "He was telling me about some of the schools he was interested in and one of them was Michigan. I also talked to Chris Dunkley and he said that Michigan is one of the colleges he is interested in too. He also talked about coming up to the game, but I'm not sure if he is coming. I'd definitely talk to them about Michigan if I go there."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Robinson in the coming weeks.