Big-Time Programs Pursuing Robinson

Marvin Robinson Jr. hadn't done much traveling in his young life until this past spring and summer. Now a big-time college football recruit, the Eagle Lake, Fla., product and standout class-of-2010 safety had a chance fly around the country and check out some places the could end up being his college future.

Marvin Robinson went out to California for the first time, Los Angeles to be more specific, and took in USC and UCLA. Both programs have given him a verbal scholarship offer. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Lake Region High star flew up north to Ohio State, another top-notch college program that has extended a full ride. Robinson also fit in a short trip over to Florida, and it's no surprise that Urban Meyer has told Robinson he wants him to be a part of the Gators family.

Robinson has also been to Ann Arbor twice, and Michigan has offered as well.

"When the schools started offering me, my coaches and parents were telling me to go check them out to compare the differences of the schools, and that will help me make my decision later on in my life," Robinson explained. College coaches can't send over official written offers to juniors, until Sept. 1st per NCAA rules. On that day, more programs will probably be stepping to the table than the five that have already offered.

"Schools that haven't offered, that I'm interested in, is Georgia, Notre Dame and Alabama."

Notre Dame is interested as well, although Robinson has yet to hear much from the Irish.

"I don't know much about them, but I've watched a lot of their games on TV when they're playing," Robinson said of the Irish. "That's pretty much what I know about them."

Robinson, who says he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, had 55 tackles and three interceptions as a sophomore. In a featured two-back offense, Robinson added 450 yards rushing and seven touchdowns, as Lake Region went 7-3 and qualified for the state playoffs.

"I play physical," Robinson stated. He can already bench press 335 pounds, and squat 495 pounds. "I can also cover, but I play real physical when I'm on the field.

"(College recruiters) basically say they like the way I read the plays and cover the field, and I'm still able to come up and make great tackles."

Michigan offered after seeing Robinson at their camp, even before he played a snap his sophomore season. The other programs quickly followed suit.

Robinson has been to Michigan for a game, saw Ohio State's spring game, worked out at USC and toured the campus at UCLA.

"Pretty much all of them were basically the same to me," Robinson said. "I did like UCLA, I liked their campus better than any other campus I went to. They have a beautiful campus."

If Notre Dame were to indeed eventually offer, Robinson said he'd visit South Bend too.

Distance obviously won't be a factor in Robinson's eventual college decision. No matter where he decides to go, it will literally feel like home.

"My parents say wherever I go, they're going to move wherever I go to," Robinson said. "That'll feel like I'm still at home because, I'll get to see them and they'll be able to come to my games and watch me play."

Robinson's father works in construction, and his mother is a school teacher. He said his Mom isn't too happy with his current 2.5 GPA.

"It will be up to a 3.0 this year," Robinson stated.

Robinson has not set a timetable on when he'd like to make a college decision.

"I just want the opportunity to step on the field as a freshman to start, and I'm looking for a good academic program. The way the coaches prepare me to go to the next level. Whatever team is best for me, that's where I'm going to go to." Top Stories