Like many of his fellow North Carolina verbal commitments, Malik Robinson officially visited Chapel Hill this past weekend. The hope was that the experience would solidify his commitment and prompt him to cancel his official trip to Indiana. Instead, Robinson has expanded his official visit schedule.
"I have an official visit with Indiana next weekend," Robinson said. "I'm still taking it. And I have Missouri."
Robinson, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker from Snelville (Ga.) South Gwinnett, is scheduled to officially visit Missouri the weekend prior to Signing Day. Mississippi State has also entered the picture, but an official trip hasn't been scheduled.
"I'll change my mind if I see something better than what I'm already committed to," Robinson said. "I'm going to make my decision on Signing Day."
There is good news for UNC: Robinson eliminated Louisville, the school he officially visited prior to the Dead Period, soon after primary recruiter Todd Grantham left for Mississippi State.
Robinson, who has been committed to UNC since April, says the Tar Heels' coaches haven't attempted to talk him out visiting elsewhere.
"We have an understanding," Robinson said. "They told me what they have to offer and I committed for a reason. They said they know that I'll make the right decision."
Robinson also isn't feeling pressure from fellow UNC verbal commitments.
"Before I had started visiting other schools, I let [the other commits] know," Robinson said. "We have a group chat and I put it in there."
The aforementioned group chat is an example of the strong bond Robinson has with UNC's other commitments. It's a bond that will be difficult for another school to combat.
"We're all close," Robinson said. "It's like we've known each other forever. We don't miss a beat. We have great relationships."
Robinson has made several visits to UNC in the past, typically with just his father. During his official visit this past weekend, though, he was able to show off the school to additional family members since a handful accompanied him.
"It went great," Robinson said. "I loved it. I had fun. There was more of a focus on the academic part of [the school]. I got to talk to academic staff members and other people I'm going to be working with."
Linebacker Cayson Collins served as Robinson's host for the weekend. Robinson had previously stayed with Collins during a prior visit to the school.
"Basically, he told me I'm going to be pushed hard there," Robinson said. "We had a lot of fun; we went out with all the players and hung out. Basically, I'll have an opportunity to play with him and Andre [Smith]. But, he said it's not going to be easy. He said it's going to be a grind, but I'm going to get the best of both worlds at North Carolina, as far as academics and athletics."
Larry Fedora had a similar message for Robinson during his customary official visit-ending meeting.
"He told me that phone call is going to come to where I tell my mom and dad I want to come home, because it's a grind," Robinson said. "He said, 'If it was easy, everybody would do it.' He said they're going to push me to my limit, because to be the best that's what it's going to take."