UNC Among Robinson's Favorites

With several Division I-A coaches in attendance, including North Carolina's John Blake, Darius Robinson put on a show two weeks ago during one of Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake's spring practice sessions.

"Before the practice I told [the coaches in attendance] that I was going to show out for them," said Robinson, a 5-foot-11, 162-pound cornerback. "We started practicing and every receiver lined up. One by one, I took them all out."

A couple of days later, one of Robinson's coaches told him to call Blake.

"Coach Blake told me he was really impressed with me the other day at practice," Robinson said. "And he said that he had heard that I just had received a Miami offer. He said he was going to offer me a scholarship."

Thus, UNC, which hadn't expressed much interest until Blake's visit, was added to Robinson's offers list, which currently includes 17 schools.

"I was really surprised [by the UNC offer]," Robinson said. "I always had a dream to play in the ACC. Most of my top schools are ACC schools – and North Carolina is up there. I know they're ranked 23rd in the projected polls [for this coming season]. I'm looking towards UNC a lot."

Robinson says his top five schools list is subject to change and that he's open to every school that offers him.

"I have North Carolina and Maryland up there, and then I go out of the ACC with Michigan, Stanford, and West Virginia," Robinson said of his current top five.

"I really am trying to go in and play early. I've checked out their depth charts and I feel like I can really compete with the players they already have on their depth chart."

Robinson is aiming to make a verbal commitment during the late summer. He says his trips over the next couple of months will have a major impact on his collegiate decision.

Robinson plans to camp at Miami (June 13) and UNC – he's waiting to hear back from Blake regarding camp dates. He's also considering camping at Alabama and Clemson.

Since receiving a UNC scholarship offer, Robinson and Blake have remained in constant contact. Robinson says they speak at least once a week.

"Coach Blake, he's real cool, he's real funny," Robinson said. "He said he really wants me at North Carolina. Mostly, he just talks about the person he is and the coaching staff, but he doesn't just talk about football. We talk about academics and about the people and atmosphere at UNC."

This past season was Robinson's first at Westlake High. After playing free safety for North Clayton for two seasons, he was moved to cornerback upon his Westlake arrival. Robinson quickly adjusted and ended the season with 43 tackles, three interceptions, and ten pass breakups. He also returned kickoffs for Westlake.

Robinson began his prep career at North Clayton, but transferred out when he and a new coaching staff didn't see eye-to-eye. As a freshman, Robinson shared the secondary with Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech's All-ACC safety.

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