North Carolina pledge Malik Robinson had a dual agenda for his Chapel Hill return on Friday. Initially, the trip was for himself. However, while on the way he decided to also test out his recruiting prowess on-location.
Since committing to UNC in April, Robinson, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker from Snellville (Ga.) South Gwinnett, has been recruiting from the comforts of his home. But when assistant coach Charlton Warren issued Friday's visit itinerary, he mentioned that five-star safety Devon Hunter would also be on campus for part of Robinson's stay. Thus, as soon as Robinson reached campus -- just as the Tar Heels' final camp of the summer commenced -- he identified Hunter and went to work.
"It went pretty well," Robinson said. "Him leaving out, he felt pretty good about UNC. And he said some good things about UNC that he liked. He didn't say any cons about it -- it was nothing but pros. When it came down to it, it was either UNC or Virginia Tech. But, as of right now, he was saying how UNC might be his choice."
Robinson says that he and Hunter exchanged contact information and the two plan to remain in touch.
Back at home, Robinson has been recruiting teammates four-star defensive end Justin Mascoll and Terrell Smith, as well as close friend Donte Burton -- all members of the 2018 class who reside in Gwinnett County. Both Burton and Mascoll have been offered by UNC. Smith, who has collected offers from Kentucky and Missouri, owns a 10.3-second 100-meter dash.
"I know for sure that Donte is 100-percent," Robinson said. "He might as well go ahead and commit. But, he said he's waiting.
"And Terrell, he said it's between North Carolina and Kentucky."
Outside of Gwinnett County -- and really outside of the southeast region -- Robinson has used social media to expand his efforts to Billy Ross, a Huntington (W.Va.) offensive lineman who is scheduled to make his college choice on Sunday.
"Me and the other UNC commits, we're trying," Robinson said. "But, he doesn't really give anybody great feedback. I'd say he's 50-50."
Friday's visit was actually a make up. Originally, Robinson was scheduled to attend Fedora's Freak Show, but his transportation fell through. Determined to return before the end of the summer, he was able to arrange an overnight trip for Friday.
"The last time I went up there, I committed," Robinson said. "I wanted to make sure I felt the same way I felt when I committed.
"And I wanted to talk to some of the players, actually, [and] get some information from them on the coaches and how the athletes are at UNC. Basically, I wanted to get the other stuff I wasn't getting from the coaches. I wanted to look at it from the players' perspective."
Robinson says it felt noticeably different as soon as he stepped foot on campus.
"It felt like it was my home, this was my team, this is my school," Robinson said. "Versus me just coming as another recruit.
"And the coaches showed me love. I just felt wanted."
Throughout his stay, Robinson spent a great deal of time with fellow linebacker Cayson Collins.
"He basically told me that all the coaches there they're not going to baby me, they're not going to coddle me, but they're going to keep it 100-percent real with me," Robinson said. "He said there all 100-percent fair.
"He told me how the schoolwork was, what the coaches expect from us, and stuff off the field. And basically what stuff I have to have done before I get there."
Robinson also spent time with fellow commitment Jake Lawler as the two teamed up to recruit Hunter.
"We both have the same goals and aspirations, as far as us going to the next level and making UNC better and winning an ACC championship," Robinson said.