Sophomore Prospect Checks Out OSU Spring Game

Michigan might have gotten the early jump on Marvin Robinson, but Ohio State is working to close that gap. A member of the class of 2010, the Florida native received an offer from the Wolverines last summer. Find out how his trip to Columbus went, who he met and what he thinks about Ohio State.

With the 2009 recruiting class rolling along nicely, the Ohio State coaching staff is already starting to look ahead to the class of 2010.

When the Buckeyes played their annual spring game April 19, more than two dozen of the nation's top prospects were on hand on unofficial visits. That total included a few choice high school sophomores who will go on to comprise the class of 2010.

One of those sophomores in attendance was Marvin Robinson, a prospect out of Eagle Lake (Fla.) Lake Region.

"It was a great experience," Robinson told "The recruits that are coming in for Ohio State are pretty great guys. I got to meet the coaches, Coach (Jim) Tressel and Coach (Taver) Johnson.

"They were telling me what kind of guys they like to recruit, that they like to recruit special guys that can adapt to playing at the college level and guys that want to be national champions."

Robinson also received the chance to talk to a prominent member of OSU's 2008 recruiting class.

"I talked to Terrelle Pryor while I was up there," he said. "He gave me good advice about taking my time to see what schools I really want to go to and telling me not to let the media and the hype get to my head and just to stay humble."

While he was there, the OSU coaching staff verbally offered Robinson, making them the second school to offer him. Robinson's first offer came from Michigan while he visited there and took part in a camp last summer.

The Buckeyes learned of Robinson when his head coach, who is an Ohio native, returned to the Buckeye state for a coaching clinic.

"He gave them my highlight film and they took a look at it and got all my information," Robinson said. "Then they started sending me letters. It pushes me to work harder, train more and get better."

A 6-0½, 186-pound safety prospect, Robinson has been timed at 4.63 seconds in the 40-yard dash. As a sophomore, he played on both sides of the ball and rushed for 450 yards and seven touchdowns as a running back. On defense, he nabbed three interceptions.

His skills have the OSU coaches trying to decide where to put him.

"They told me they are looking at me as a defensive back or an athlete," he said. "It doesn't matter to me as long as I'm playing."

The OSU coaching staff is supposed to be at Robinson's high school this May to take in a spring practice, he said.

While the Buckeyes and Wolverines are the only schools to offer him thus far, he listed Oregon, Alabama and Georgia as schools he is also interested in. Although he said OSU is not often talked about in his hometown, he is aware of the rivalry between it and Michigan.

"It seems like a pretty big thing up there," he said. "I've heard a lot about that."

In addition to the camp he attended at Michigan, Robinson took an unofficial visit last season to see the Wolverines host Penn State last season.

The coming months will see Robinson focus exclusively on working out and preparing for spring football before getting ready for his junior year. He has no plans to take any more unofficial visits in the near future.

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