Jerald Robinson had barely been in the full swing recruiting process for a week, and already it was tiring. He decided to end all of the early pressure before intensified even more by committing to the Michigan Wolverines Monday afternoon.
"It feels like a big weight lifted off my shoulders," Robinson said. "The whole recruiting process, I won't have to deal with it anymore. I'm just happy to be a part of the Wolverine family."
Robinson offered his pledge during an unofficial visit taken by he and his family to Ann Arbor earlier this (Monday) afternoon. They wanted to get a better feel for what the Maize & Blue is all about and they they came away very impressed.
"Coach Tall took us around Schembechler Hall and we saw the different Heisman Trophy winners, the weight room, the facilities, and showed us the Adidas stuff," Robinson recalled. "Then we went to the academic center for the football players, and there was a lady there named Shari (Acho). If she has to get on you everyday to tell you what you need so you don't flunk out of school… they're on you 24/7 so you stay on top of it. I went back after that and met the rest of the coaching staff and went in Coach Rodriguez's office and had one on one time."
Behind those closed doors, Rodriguez showed the personable nature that has so impressed other prospects during his tenure as headman for the Maize & Blue.
"He wanted to get to know my family so he was asking my mom, my dad, and my brother what they do," said Robinson. "And he answered every question they had. He asked me what I thought about the program, and I told him that my family and I talked the whole past week and decided Michigan was where I wanted to be… and depending on how the visit went, I would commit. I told him it went well and I wanted to be a Wolverine, so he got up and gave me a hug and said congratulations."
Choosing Michigan when you hail from the Ohio is something that not many kids accomplish without a little home state pressure, especially if the prospect is one the Buckeyes covet as well. As it turns out, Ohio State did, seemingly, make one last ditch effort for the Canton South product.
"My family and I were talking to Coach Rodriguez, and my dad got a call from my coach," Robinson remembered. "He stepped out in the hallway for a minute and then he called me out there. My coach talked to me and asked me about my visit. I told him it was great and I was talking to Coach Rodriguez right then. He asked me if I committed yet, and I told him I was getting ready to right that second. He said he had the coaches from Ohio State on the phone asking if I had committed yet, and he said he thought they were going to offer right there. I just told him ‘I'm a Wolverine' and my dad said he's not taking it, and that I committed to Michigan. That's the end of the story. At one point I did like Ohio State a lot, and they were my top school. After I visited Ohio State and then Michigan, I'd much rather be at Michigan. The coaching staff here makes you feel more welcome."
With his commitment now firmly set in stone, the primary question about Robinson's collegiate future is which side of the ball he'll line up on.
"We talked about that today, and (Rodriguez) asked me what I wanted to play," he reported. "I said wideout. So he said that's where he wanted me to play since I was already familiar with the spread offense, so I'm going to play the X."
Prior to Robinson's commitment, Michigan had already secured verbals from two other pass catchers. He has become fast friends with one of them, in Orlando (FL) Dr. Phillips star Ricardo Miller. One topic the duo has already begun discussing is their effort to lure other prospects into the Maize & Blue fold.
"I already started (recruiting)," Robinson exclaimed! "Ricardo and I are trying to get Latwan Anderson, the safety from St. Edward. I've been trying to talk to him today."
"Ricardo and I started talking, and we became real cool actually," Robinson continued. "I was just texting him like ten minutes ago about how good our team is going to be coming up, and how we're going to put Michigan back on top. We talked about becoming teammates and maybe rooming together. We're going to hang out."