The recruiting process was going relatively slowly for junior offensive tackle Connor Robbins before last week. Then it quickly shifted into overdrive after contact from two Southeastern Conference schools and his first SEC scholarship offer.
Robbins, a 6-foot-9, 328-pound Class of 2017 left tackle at Pedro Menendez High School in Saint Augustine, Fla., heard from South Carolina and Missouri last weekend. He then ended up attending the Gamecocks’ Junior Day and receiving an offer from Mizzou.
“That means a lot,” Robbins said of the scholarship offer from the Tigers. “I wasn’t expecting it. It was a really good experience — awesome. Just how quick it happened. I had a really good week. Coaches from the SEC talked to me. It happened real quick.”
He admits that he didn’t know much about Missouri before talking with offensive line coach Glen Elarbee. Now he hopes to visit Columbia whenever he gets a chance to learn more about the program.
Robbins’ visit to another Columbia, in South Carolina, came together very quickly.
“They called my coach on Friday and I was there the next day,” he said.
Robbins, who said he has also talked with Memphis, will be competing at Nike Football Opening regional camp on Feb. 21 in Orlando. His recruiting could pick up from there with a good showing.
Robbins said he’s further along as a run blocker than pass blocker.
“I’m mostly working on my pass pro,” he said. “My school really does a lot of power running and stuff. That’s like what we’re known for. We’re pretty much a jumbo package and we just practically run down that whole every time. I’m really strong drive-blocking, down blocks I can reach a guy pretty easily.”
Robbins certainly has the size and skill set to be an offensive lineman to watch in the Class of 2017.