Ohio defensive tackle Malcolm Robinson decided Sunday night he wanted to be a Gopher with coach Fleck

Ohio defensive tackle Malcolm Robinson decided Sunday night he wanted to be a Gopher with coach Fleck, and he explains why to GopherIllustrated.


"Coach P.J. Fleck and I just clicked from the moment he stepped in my high school on Tuesday," Massillon (Ohio) defensive tackle Malcolm Robinson said to GopherIllustrated. "He and coach Warinner spoke with me at school, and I just relate really well to coach Fleck. He talks about having a crack, not a chip on his shoulder and I love that as that's the same way I am as a person and football player. Coach Fleck is such a special guy. He's an elite guy and I can't wait to play for him. I have a hunger for success just like coach Fleck, and I love having success more than anything and I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get there. Fleck and Warinner offered me then as they were preaching how they need defensive tackles, and ones that could potentially contribute right away, and that spoke to me."


"I had been telling schools that I was a firm commitment to Purdue, but Fleck and I just connected immediately and I knew that he's the kind of coach I wanted to play for, so I made a decision before my official visit to commit to Minnesota," Robinson explained to GI. "I made it official on my official visit though after I was able to seen the place and I can't be any happier to be a Gopher. I've fully bought into the culture that coach Fleck wants at Minnesota and can relate to the message he's trying to preach. My host for the visit was defensive tackle Steven Richardson, and he also sold me on the brotherhood. He's an amazing guy and I can't wait to play with a guy of his caliber."

Robinson's goals at Minnesota start with hopefully playing as a true freshman. 

"I was able to meet with my position coach in Bryce Paup, and he's a great guy. He was 100% straight up with me and told me that he's going to treat me like a man. I'm all game for that, and he also explained how their really upperclassmen heavy at defensive tackle, so there's going to opportunity to play early in my career if I work hard. That's my goal though. I have pictures up all around my role about being ready and working hard, and that's what I'll do. Once I get to Minnesota, it's time to work as hard as I can to be ready for when my number is called. I want Gopher fans to know I'm ready to make it official on Wednesday. We have the best recruiting class in the country, and all of us will work as hard as we can to make Minnesota fans proud."

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