In life there are mistakes made and those mistakes have consequences, sometimes penalties, but with the right ingredients circumstances can be overcome. Defensive end Alton Robinson was supposed to be at Texas A&M this fall learning the ropes of rushing the passer and stopping the run at the NCAA Division I level.
The 6-3, 225-pound athletic edge lineman had offers from Alabama, Baylor, Cal, Houston, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Texas,and Texas Tech in addition to the Aggies. Last night, Robinson lined up and was very impressive in Miami, Okla., playing for NEO A&M Junior College in a scrimmage against Bacone College. He will be in the starting lineup next Saturday when NEO opens its regular season at New Mexico Military Institute.
How come? Robinson was in a fight with his girlfriend last February shortly after he had signed with A&M. He waited at her house and when she arrived grabbed her purse and took her cell phone. The young woman filed charges with the police and Robinson was charged with robbery. He has since been to court and has some responsibilities to fulfill in order to get the charge dropped.
He is in the midst of doing that. Under NEO head coach Clay Patterson and defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator Zach Allen, he is in the process of repairing his football and character résumé to get back on track with playing college football.
This is a talented player with an impressive personality that had 98 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and 16 sacks as a senior at Converse Judson High School. He can play and that was evident in the scrimmage at NEO.
He is putting his education first as he gets his college academics underway with basic courses. His goal is to major in sociology. His football goal is find a program where he can have success.
Oklahoma State has been an early school to show interest and there will be others. Robinson shows all the signs of putting his past action behind him and moving on to a bright future. The fun will be watching to see where the destination for his success will be.