Several college programs have shown varying levels of interest in the talented Charles Robinson. Central Michigan. Cincinnati, Toledo and Wisconsin were among the first schools to give Robinson's mail carrier a daily workout. A few months later, Robinson has options to enroll in schools in some of college football's biggest conferences.
"I have offers from Mississippi State, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, Western Kentucky, Wyoming, New Mexico and Toledo," Robinson shared. "Mississippi State and Iowa State are my favorites right now."
Robinson is still working through his summer camp plans, but hopes to hit the road once the spring semester ends in an effort to find out more about the schools that are making him feel like a priority. Several programs have invited the 6-4, 220 pound converted wide receiver to campus to see if their football culture is the right fit.
A high school wide out by trade, Robinson projects as a mismatch maker in a spread offense at tight end on the college level. The personable Illinois product reports that he looks to bring some real toughness to the field each and every time his number is called.
"I am a very physical guy with great hands," Robinson said. "I have the ability to go get the ball wherever it is and shown on my film. I am a very hard guy to bring down."
Last season, Robinson helped Coach Paul Murphy's team to the playoffs despite the program experiencing a bit of a rebuilding year. The season ended with a final record of 6-5 after a second round playoff loss against Lincoln-Way East, 35-13.
Robinson believes that during his senior year, that the program is ready to take another step and chase some big things in 2017.
"Our team is going to take a shot at the state title this year." Robinson said.
When it comes to recruiting, Robinson plans to take his time with the process. Eager to see how the season goes and how his suitors use the tight end as part of their offenses, Robinson plans to do his due diligence and make his selection towards the turn of the year.
"I plan on making a decision at the end of my senior season," Robinson shared.
Robinson would like to take his official visits before making the call ensuring that he is completely confident in the selection.
Mississippi State returns a talented crop of tight ends for the 2017 season. Former junior college transfer Jordan Thomas is the lone senior in the personnel grouping, but true junior Justin Johnson will be a senior in 2018 as the new charges show up and find their roles on the team and within the Dan Mullen offensive scheme.