UNC Football Class of 2017 Signee: LB Malik Robinson

Inside Carolina takes a closer look at the Tar Heel signee.

BIO: ESPN.com’s No. 22 inside linebacker in the country • Considered the No. 30 inside linebacker in country and the No. 80 player in Georgia by 247sports.com • Member of the varsity football team at South Gwinnett for all four years of high school • Twice earned All-County honors and was honorable mention all-state by the Atlanta Journal Constitution


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RECRUITMENT: Before concluding his second UNC Junior Day, Robinson decided to verbally commit to the Tar Heels. Despite the pledge, Robinson’s recruitment was far from over; he went on to schedule and take official visits to Louisville and Indiana, in addition to UNC. On Signing Day, though, he honored his initial pledge.

WHY CAROLINA: "It is like home away from home.  The energy up there is unmeasurable.  The coaches, the intensity, and the environment — it is nice, calm place. I feel like (Larry Fedora) brings life and passion every day regardless of what it is.  From a meeting, to practice, to game-day — it is the same energy and he spreads it around to his coaches and players.  I feel like that is going to get them to the next level."

EVALUATION: A balanced linebacker, Robinson is equally adept at defending the pass as he is stopping the run. Although he reads the offense quickly, he takes a patient approach to his pursuit. But once there’s a clear path to the ball carrier, he shows a great short-area burst. That same short-area burst allows him to jump routes. When working within a crowd, he uses agility and muscle to work his way towards the ball carrier.

HS COACH QUOTES: “He’s a very intelligent football player. Understands the game, has great ball skills, great feet, he can play inside or outside, he has that instinct. He can diagnose a play before it’s happening and then he’s a very physical player. He’s not the tallest linebacker. A lot of schools love him, but they look for a certain height. But then some schools are like, ‘I don’t care how big he is, how tall he is, this kid can play.’ Just great instincts. He’s a great tracker of the ball, great tackler, he’s an explosive contact guy. He doesn’t just hit you, he runs through you. Then he brings a ton of energy and leadership to the field.” — John Small, South Gwinnett HS (Gwinnett Daily Post)

UNC HC LARRY FEDORA QUOTES: "Malik is a linebacker, a guy that has been committed to us for quite a while. He’s one of those old-school guys, an inside linebacker that will knock you back. He likes contact. He’s very aggressive and a lot of fun to watch."

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT: When the Fall Evaluation Period began, Warren’s first stop was to Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill to check in on Tomon Fox, a defensive end who had committed the prior June but still had schools hot on his trail. Collins Hill happened to be hosting South Gwinnett that night. In a 20-17 overtime thriller, Robinson had a breakout game … Read the full subscriber-only report 


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