North Carolina verbal commitment Malik Robinson put a scare into many UNC fans when he decided to officially visit Louisville earlier this month. The Snellville (Ga.) South Gwinnett linebacker says there's nothing to be worried about; he was just doing his due diligence on another school's dime.
"I've always liked Louisville and they were recruiting me just as hard as North Carolina was, and I had never been up there so I just wanted to get up there and see the place," Robinson said. "I was never able to drive up there myself, so I decided to take an official up there to see the place and check it out. That's all it was.
"When I put it out there on Twitter, I was letting it be known that I will be visiting Louisville for my official that weekend. That's it. It wasn't anything serious."
Robinson, a 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, has been verbally committed to UNC since April. He says "as of right now" there are no plans for a commitment switch.
"I'm still locked and loaded with North Carolina," Robinson said. "I'm still full with them. That's where it's at for me, right now.
"If I find anything that's offering better or more than North Carolina, then yea [I'll switch my commitment]."
Thus far, that school isn't Louisville, even though Robinson enjoyed his time on campus.
"When I went up there, it was great," Robinson said. "I had a great time. They showed me love. They laid out the red carpet for me. I had an awesome time. And the energy there was great. The coaches showed me love. The facilities were wonderful. And the academic center was outstanding, as well. And I could just picture myself there.
"But, like I said, I'm still committed to North Carolina."
Robinson is scheduled to officially visit UNC and Indiana on back-to-back weekends following the holiday Dead Period.
"[Indiana] has been recruiting me as hard as North Carolina, as well," Robinson said. "And I have never been up there, so I'm going to go up there and check out the place and take it all in."
In addition to the aforementioned schools, Robinson has been hearing from Ole Miss. But, since the Rebels have yet to offer an official visit hasn't been discussed.
Naturally, Robinson has made a few unofficial visits to UNC. The official visit will be used to make an apples-to-apples comparison.
"After my Louisville official, I just want to compare it with my North Carolina official and see how that goes," Robinson said. "I want to compare the two and put the pros and cons up.
"Of course, I expect it to be better than Louisville, but we'll see."
If his UNC official visit does indeed exceed his experience in Louisville, Robinson admits that could forced him to solidify his commitment and cancel future trips elsewhere.
"If I go there and that's what it is, then there's no reason to go to Indiana," Robinson said.
If not, Robinson will finalize his college decision on Feb. 1.
"I'm just taking it all in, right now, and just enjoying the process," Robinson said. "And then by Signing Day, I'll know."
However, if Signing Day were today, Robinson says, his Letter-of-Intent would be headed to Chapel Hill.
Robinson has been upfront with the UNC staff about his desire to explore other options.
"I had let them know before I had decided to take officials to other places," Robinson said. "So, when they [read it] in the media, they already knew.
"They weren't disappointed. They actually encouraged me to take the visits."
The encouragement was the staff's way of putting Robinson's interests first (i.e. so that when he signs, it's free of what-ifs). If anything, the staff has amped up its pursuit.
"They've just made sure I've been locked in," Robinson said. "They've been checking in on me making sure nobody is trying to sway me anywhere else. They've still been on me; they talk to me every other day, basically. They're making sure I'm a Tar Heel."