The last four weeks have been busy for Laurinburg (NC) Scotland County linebacker Artemis Robinson. After waiting all year for an offer from NC State, Robinson's patience was rewarded when he was offered a scholarship from the Pack after State's win over Wake Forest. He committed on the spot only to find out two weeks later that head coach Tom O'Brien had been fired.
A little over a week ago, Robinson made the trip to Spartanburg SC for the Shrine Bowl and he was able to solidify his place with NC State after a talk with newly-hired head coach Dave Doeren.
"I talked to coach Doeren and that went great," Robinson told Pack Pride. "He told me I had nothing to worry about. Me and him bonded as soon as we got on the phone. He told me he was a defensive type guy and I really liked that about him."
With his worries about State out of the way, Robinson was able to focus on his week of Shrine Bowl preparation and it gave him the opportunity to bond with his future teammates.
"The week (in Spartanburg) went great," he said. "It was just a great experience. I played with a lot of guys I didn't know but I got to know them plus I got to know some of my future teammates.
"It's been a great week. Me and the State guys were together just about every minute. We were talking, hanging out, just practicing together, flying around together. After practice we ate together, sat together and just did everything together."
As for the game itself, Robinson alternated with fellow Wolfpack commitment Quinton Patterson. He finished the game tied as the North Carolina squad's leading tackler with six.
"I felt like I did good but I could've done a lot more," Robinson said of his performance. "My standards are always through the roof so I just have to keep going but I feel like I played pretty good."
Robinson's high school career has ended and he added that his recruiting has, as well.
"State's where I'm at. That's my home and I'm not visiting anywhere else."