Florida Standout Robinson Makes OSU Visit

Tampa (Fla.) Chamberlain running back Kylan Robinson made an official visit to Ohio State this weekend. Robinson reflected on the visit and also on what has happened recently at Miami (Fla.), one of his other top schools. Click here for more on Robinson, ranked as the nation's No. 20 running back prospect by Scout.com.

Tampa (Fla.) Chamberlain High School running back Kylan Robinson was among a small group of prospects who made official visits to Ohio State this weekend.

Robinson (6-1, 215, 4.5) was hosted by Maurice Wells the first day and Trever Robinson the second.

"I just really liked the facilities," Robinson said. "Everything was all new and there was easy access. There were a lot of facilities to work out. Plus, their speed coach, Butch Reynolds, I really liked him. He was a nice guy.

"The stadium was also very impressive. I knew it was big, but I didn't know it was that big. That's cool."

Robinson spent time during the visit with running backs coach Dick Tressel and OSU head coach Jim Tressel.

"Doc Tressel was straight up," Robinson said. "He told me about their situation at running back. He said I'd be a good fit for their offense and I would have a chance to come in and contribute for them right away. But they weren't really pushing the envelope or pressuring me."

Robinson made a Dec. 10 visit to UAB. He now has trips set to South Carolina Jan. 13 and Miami (Fla.) Jan. 20. Florida and West Virginia have also made offers.

Previously, Robinson had said he considered Miami a slight favorite. But that was before Miami coach Larry Coker fired several members of his coaching staff and Robinson made this visit to OSU.

"It is still up in the air right now," Robinson said. "At Miami, Coach Warner was recruiting me and he was one of the coaches who was let go. I am now being recruited by (OSU alum and Miami assistant Tim) Walton."

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

But it actually took Robinson several games to crack the lineup at running back with Chamberlain.

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. That season led Scout.com to install Robinson as the nation's No. 20 running back prospect.

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 holds a 3.1 GPA and was awaiting his SAT score.


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