Robinson Says OSU Was First To Offer

Tampa (Fla.) Chamberlain running back Kylan Robinson, who spent his last three years in Alaska, is a diamond in the rough prospect that came into his own as a senior. Ohio State extended Robinson an offer after he enjoyed a 1,600-yard season as a running back in Florida. Click here for more on this intriguing prospect.

Ohio State may have been first to the party on a true diamond in the rough.

According to Tampa (Fla.) Chamberlain High School running back Kylan Robinson, Ohio State was the first major conference school to offer him a scholarship.

Robinson's story is unique. He has spent the last three years of his life in Anchorage, Alaska. There, the 6-1, 215-pound Robinson played wide receiver for East Anchorage High School. He moved to Florida in an effort to get recognized by college recruiters.

"We moved so I could get some exposure," said Robinson, who was back home in Alaska this week for the holidays. "We wanted to get my name out there to college recruiters so I could play football.

"I think I am really getting noticed because of my transfer. The competition is so much better here. It has allowed me to get noticed a lot more by playing against a higher level of competition."

But it actually took Robinson, who boasts 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, several games to crack the lineup at running back with Chamberlain.

"I started off at defensive end," he said. "I worked very hard in the weigh room and at practice. I got an opportunity to return a kickoff, and I scored a touchdown. The coaches noticed that I had great speed and they moved me to running back."

He ended the year on a high note. He finished with 1,606 yards and 11 touchdowns on 179 carries. He helped his team post an 8-4 mark.

"I just moved to running back for the last seven games," Robinson said. "I didn't even know what I was doing. I just went to work with the coaches and they put in some simple plays. I ran pretty good. I think I did pretty well. I had a 400-yard game in there, which helped."

As Robinson started piling up the numbers, colleges began to take notice.

"Ohio State caught up with me at the end of the season," Robinson said. "They got a hold of my tape. (Assistant coach Tim) Beckman is recruiting me. Ohio State was the first one to offer me. I was excited about that."

Other schools have since taken notice. He made a Dec. 10 visit to UAB. Robinson has a Jan. 6 visit set to OSU. He also has trips set to South Carolina Jan. 13, Miami (Fla.) Jan. 20 and Florida Jan. 27. West Virginia has also come in with an offer.

"I'm not sure about that Florida visit," he said.

OSU coach Jim Tressel swung through Florida recently and made an in-home visit with Robinson.

"He came down," Robinson said. "He was very straightforward. He was pretty straight. He tells you how it is."

Of his top choices, Robinson said Miami could be termed a slight leader.

"Miami seems like a good school for me," he said. "They have great speed."

Of his other choices, he said:

* Ohio State -- "They are a good running back school. That is good college football. They play a smashmouth game. I like how they are on the national radar every year. They are always playing for a national championship."

* South Carolina -- "They are an up and coming program in the SEC and, really, in college football. They look like they are going to be pretty good over the next several years and they also have Steve Spurrier."

* Florida -- "They are also an up and coming program with Urban Meyer."

Ohio State already has a commitment from Ohio tailback Chris Wells. But the Buckeyes are working hard to rebuild their depth at that position. They will only have three returnees there in 2006 (junior-to-be Antonio Pittman and sophomores-to-be Erik Haw and Maurice Wells).

Robinson is making a rise up the recruiting charts. He was recently installed as the nation's No. 20 running back by

He holds a 3.1 GPA and was awaiting his SAT score.

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