Junior Wideout Loves The Buckeyes

Canton South junior Jerald Robinson is one of the top wide receiver prospects in the 2010 class in Ohio. Robinson is being recruited by most Big-10 schools and visited Ohio State last Saturday for the game against Troy. Bill Greene caught up with Robinson and filed this report.

Canton (Ohio) South junior Jerald Robinson, 6-foot-2 and 185-pounds, is off to a great start in 2008 for the Wildcats. Through four games Robinson, one of the top wide receiver prospects in the state, had only eight receptions, but he is averaging 31 yards per catch and has scored two touchdowns. He is also starring in the secondary for Canton South.

Robinson is being recruited by most of the schools in the Big 10 and this past Saturday he visited Ohio State and watched the Buckeyes battle Troy. He came away impressed with his visit to Columbus.

"It was my first time to Ohio State and it was pretty sweet," Robinson said of his visit. "I went with my mom and dad and we had a great time. My parents really like Ohio State a lot and I do too. We got there a little late because of the traffic, and I didn't get to go into the recruiting room before the game. But I was able to meet up with the coaches after the game and it was nice to be around them and get to know them."

Robinson, who has been timed at 4.55 in the forty yard dash, is from the same high school as current Buckeye Devon Torrence. He also stars on the basketball floor at Canton South, but wants to play football in college. He was excited to be able to sit down with Buckeye receiver coach Darrell Hazell.

"Before the game I saw [recruiting assistant] Greg Gillum and he told me to make sure I stopped back after the game to meet with Coach Hazell," he explained. "I had a nice time with the coaches and I told them I would be coming to camp next summer. I was real glad to be contacted by Ohio State and I felt honored to be invited to a game. It was cool to see Devon [Torrence] down on the field before the game. We didn't get to talk, but we waved to each other. Coach Hazell said he was very interested in me and he asked me to get him game film from our first four games right away. He has film of me as a sophomore, but he wants to see film of how I'm doing this year. My coach will be sending them that film this week."

Robinson, who starred at the National Underclassmen Combine last spring, had previously visited Michigan State earlier this year, but he left little doubt that Ohio State had made quite an impression on him.

"I was at Michigan State a few weeks ago and I liked it there a lot," Robinson stated. "I would say I liked Ohio State better and I just like everything about Ohio State. The atmosphere and the campus at Ohio State is unbelievable. The Ohio State coaches were pleased that I have a 3.4 GPA, and they told me to keep working hard in the classroom. I take the ACT on October 25th. Coach Hazell said they are very interested in me and he told me I can call anytime that I just wanted to talk. That made me feel real good about him as a person."

Robinson has a nice combination of size and speed that is helping him draw a lot of attention from recruiters across the Midwest. He started last year and was the Canton South leading receiver as a sophomore.

"I'm being recruited by Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan, in addition to Michigan State and Ohio State," he explained. "I don't have any other visits set up at this time to any other schools. The Ohio State coaches told me they want me to come to as many games as I want the rest of this year, so I will probably be back again. It depends on how our season goes and if we get into the playoffs."

Even though it's very early in the recruiting process, Robinson has made it pretty clear who his leader is at this point.

"For me, it's pretty much all Ohio State right now," Robinson exclaimed. "Seeing Terrelle Pryor in his first start and watching him throw four touchdown passes was awesome. My whole family was pretty thrilled to see Pryor set that freshman record. It was good to see Devon play for the first time as a Buckeye too. Everything was just great down there. If Ohio State would offer me a scholarship I would take it that day, no doubt about it. I wouldn't need to wait around for anything else, or take any time to think about it."

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