Ryan Robinson: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the junior college coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with Jones County (Miss.) Community College head coach Eddie Pierce about Ryan Robinson, a 6-4, 256-pound defensive end originally from Hoschton, Ga.

What are his strengths as a football player?
Eddie Pierce: He's a great pass rusher. His motor runs all the time, and he's got just a great work ethic. He's just a great football player.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
Eddie Pierce: I think anybody's challenge is just the speed of the game because I think anytime you move up a level you've got to adjust to the speed of the game. But I think he'll do that quite well because he's a strong kid. He's 6-4, 256 and runs a 4.6 forty.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
Eddie Pierce: Oh yeah, it was his freshman year. He turned our season around. We were 0-2. We were ahead but it was close and the other team were driving when he caused the fumble and we recovered to seal the win. It turned our season around and we eventually went to the playoffs.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
Eddie Pierce: Mentally tough and, like I said before, he's got a great work ethic.

What type of impact do you expect him to have on the OSU football program?
Eddie Pierce: I think he makes them a better football team when he walked on campus just with his character.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be two or three years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
Eddie Pierce: I really think the sky is the limit. I think he's got the type of personality that he'll fit in well and I fully expect him to be a starter for them before his career is over.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Eddie Pierce: Just what a great, great kid he was. He was a great kid both on the field and off. Just a tremendous kid and was a great leader for us. I've just got the utmost respect for him.

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