Robinson Will Officially Visit UNC

Gene Robinson has already decided to use one of his five allotted official visits for a trip to North Carolina.

"I want to meet all the coaches and I heard it's a nice campus and I hate that I'm not going to be able to get up there this summer, so I really want to see the campus," Robinson said. "I don't want to miss out on anything."

Robinson, a 5-foot-10, 163-pound cornerback from Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven, plans to also take official trips to Alabama and Colorado.

During a recent evaluation trip, Charlie Williams came upon Robinson. Impressed by the film he saw, Williams had Everett Withers, UNC's defensive coordinator and secondary coach, visit Whitehaven the following week.

"[Withers] was [in my coaches office] watching my film and he was telling my coach how much he likes me and then he offered me," Robinson said.

That night, Robinson called Withers and the two "talked for a good while."

"He compared me to Fred Smoot when he came out," Robinson said. "[He also talked about] the chance to play early at North Carolina; he talked about how good the program was; he talked about the NFL experience he had – he coached ‘Pacman' [Adam Jones], Samari Rolle."

Although honored by the comparison, it was bittersweet for Robinson.

"That woke me up there," Robinson said.

"Actually, I hated Fred Smoot," he added with a laugh. "He had good runs against the Cowboys. He's a great player, though."

A self described "huge Dallas Cowboys fan," Robinson took the opportunity to pick Withers' brain about Jones, one of the new faces on the Cowboys roster.

"He was telling me lots about Pacman," Robinson said. "That was cool."

In addition to UNC, Robinson has received scholarship offers from Alabama, Colorado, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, and Vanderbilt.

"My recruitment started off slow because at first we had some dark film we were sending out," Robinson said.

Tennessee's coaching staff is among the few that are still waiting for Robinson's clearer film to arrive. They were impressed by the little footage they could distinguish and Robinson is confident the Volunteers will offer after viewing the fixed film.

Robinson also believes LSU will extend an offer after he attends the Tigers' camp next week. That will be the only camp Robinson attends, but he'll also unofficially visit Alabama, Mississippi, and Vanderbilt this summer before attending engineering prep school on the Notre Dame campus.

Robinson denies having a leader, but knows what he's looking for.

"The chance to play early really intrigues me, but that's really not the main focal point," he said. "I'm looking for life after football – I'm looking to major in some field of engineering, a nice coaching staff, and a nice campus atmosphere."

Not having an engineering program won't necessarily eliminate a school, but it would decrease their chances, according to Robinson.

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