Robey Eyes Summer Trips

Nickell Robey has established himself as one of the more athletic members of the class of 2010. In this update, Robey's high school coach discusses his strengths, his summer plans and what positions he figures to be playing when the 2009 season rolls around.

Brad Metheney is not surprised that the so-called "big boys" of the college football world spent the month of May stopping by Frostproof (Fla.) Middle to check out Nickell Robey.

Listed by Scout.com as the No. 19 cornerback prospect in the country, Robey is a player Metheney said brings plenty of athleticism to the field.

"He dunks a basketball," Metheney told BuckeyeSports.com. "He's got between a 38- and a 40-inch vertical. He's finished second in the state three years in a row in long jump. He long jumped 24 feet this year and triple jumped 26-11. He can broad jump 10-3. He has been timed at 4.34 (second in the 40-yard dash)."

As a junior, Robey earned first-team all-state honors as a wide receiver after scoring a combined 14 rushing and receiving touchdowns. He plays on both sides of the ball for Frostproof, but both Scout and Metheney see him as a corner at the next level.

According to his coach Robey has allowed one touchdown in three years at the varsity level while going against the likes of Nu'keese Richardson and Paul Freedman.

"He's got great ball skills, Willie Mays-type of ball skills," Metheney said. "He's a true cover corner. Even though he's very explosive and has averaged nearly 18 yards a touch the last two years as an offensive player for us, I just think at the next level he's a cover corner."

Offensively, Robey will undergo a move closer to the quarterback this season. Metheney said he plans to use the 5-7, 165-pound athlete as a tailback instead of a slot receiver. He will remain the focal point of an offense that has no starters older than sophomores on the offensive line.

Despite Robey's listed size, Metheney said he believes that his star athlete literally still has room to grow.

"He's 5-8 right now, 165 pounds but he wears a size 12 shoe and can palm a basketball," he said. "His hands and feet are big to grow into, I think."

Questions about Robey's size have not stopped scholarship offers from pouring in from across the country. Metheney said Ohio State, Michigan, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Florida, Tennessee, Stanford and Georgia are among the schools that have offered him.

Although final dates have not yet been finalized, the plan is to try and get out to see a number of different schools this summer.

"He's going to go to quite a few different places," Metheney said. "He's going to quite a few different camps and taken unofficial visits and gone to one-day camps. We're going to take a road trip and see some schools differently. I encourage him to take his three to five visits. If after three visits he wants to make a decision he can, but pretty much I tell him to take his time and see who all is interested, see who is out there and go from there."

Whether or not the Buckeyes fit into those plans remain to be seen.

"They're a great program and they have shown interest," Metheney said. "He's going to narrow everything down to five to eight teams by August and try to let people know. We're not going to waste anybody's time, but he's a kid that all the big boys are definitely in on."


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