Buckeyes Interested In Jerald Robinson

Canton South junior receiver Jerald Robinson continues to receive interest from Ohio State and others. Robinson, who also stars at defensive back, helped lead Canton South into the playoffs in 2008. Bill Greene has more on this exciting young prospect.

Canton South junior wide receiver-defensive back Jerald Robinson had another great year in 2008. Robinson, who earned All-Ohio honors, led Canton South in receiving and interceptions on the season.

Robinson visited Ohio State for the Michigan game, and came away impressed. It was his second visit to see the Buckeyes in 2008.

"I loved being at Ohio State for the Michigan game," Robinson said. "Everything went real good on the visit. It was good seeing coach (Darrell) Hazell again, and talking with him. I got to speak with Jim Tressel, and that was great. I liked the way the game turned out, too. Ohio State has been my team all my life."

Buckeye assistant coach Jim Bollman made the trek to Canton South last week to learn more about Robinson. Bollman visited with Canton South head coach Moe Daniska, and also stopped in the guidance office to check on Robinson's academic history.

"Coach Bollman stopped in last week, and I only got to see him for a brief moment," he said. "I know he talked to my coach for a long time, and he talked to my guidance counselor. He took my transcript with him, along with a copy of my ACT score. He told my counselor everything looked great, and that I needed to keep doing the things I'm doing in the classroom. He told me they would be in contact after the first of the year, and he said my film was excellent. I think they're recruiting me as a wide receiver."

Ohio State is not alone in their interest in this fine prospect. Several other schools are sending mail, and many have stopped at the school in person.

"Illinois was in the school today," Robinson stated. "Coach (Mike) Woodford was asking me if I was receiving all the stuff he's been sending me. He told me to call him 'Coach Woody'. I'm definitely interested in Illinois a lot. He told me I need to start thinking seriously about attending Illinois, and I told him I would do that.'

"Oregon is sending me a lot of stuff, and they want me to visit. I like them a lot, and I will consider them, even though it's a long way from home. Distance won't bother me at all. I like their style of play, their facilities, and the community they represent.

"I've also had Kentucky, Louisville and Indiana talking to my coach. There are a lot of other schools contacting him also. I definitely want to play football at the next level, not basketball, even though I love basketball. These schools are pretty split on whether they are recruiting me as a defensive back or a wide receiver. Right now, my top three are Ohio State, Illinois and Oregon."

Robinson, a starter in basketball since he was a freshman, is enjoying the recruiting process. He combines good size (6-foot-2 and 185 pounds), with good foot speed and is a great prospect on either side of the football.

"I'm really enjoying the recruiting process a lot," Robinson said. "I know I'm probably going to have a hard time making a decision, but until I get official offers I'm not worried about it. After basketball ends I'm going to concentrate on getting bigger and faster. I was timed at 4.55 in the 40-yard dash last summer, but I think I'm faster now."

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