If you follow Oklahoma high school football, you know there is a real stern belief the state gets overlooked when it comes to recruiting.
No, you most likely couldn’t build a national championship team with nothing but Okies, but you could do a lot worse.
Sometimes it’s just about getting the name out there, and it’s happened for OKC Putnam City West athlete Nick Robinson.
Listed at 6-foot-4 and around 210-220 pounds, all it took was for schools to look his way and the offers started to roll in. It started Monday with Toledo, and it has been building steam ever since.
“They came completely out of nowhere,” Robinson said. “They asked if I had an offer and then said here’s your first offer.”
Three more came Tuesday with some of the big boys getting involved like Indiana and Oklahoma State. The increased attention might end up forcing the hand of Oklahoma, a school Robinson visited last weekend.
Despite growing up in the area, Robinson has been quick to say he didn’t grow up a Sooners fan. It couldn’t have been more opposite with Robinson saying he always liked Oklahoma State and Texas growing up.
That’s all changed as Robinson puts his focus toward recruiting, and OU started to show more and more attention as time goes on, especially assistant coach Cale Gundy.
“He said he likes how I play,” Robinson said. “He would look at me more and more and come around and watch me in the spring.”
Robinson called his trip to OU amazing last weekend, saying he had a great time getting to know the coaching staff and hanging out with the rest of the recruits in attendance.
Robinson’s profile on Twitter shows him playing basketball, leading to the obvious question of which sport he would prefer. He didn’t hesitate with his answer.
“Football,” Robinson said. “I’ve been playing football since I was 4 years old.”
Robinson said he doesn’t have any visits planned at this time, and it will be tough the next few weekends with Putnam City West taking a run at a potential state championship in basketball.
But the football recruiting isn’t about to slow down even if his position isn’t 100 percent clear at this time. His frame says he could be an inside receiver or a tight end or perhaps look toward defense as a defensive end/outside linebacker type of player.
“I think offense is my biggest strength,” Robinson said. “I’m really good at going up there and getting the ball. It can be tough for me to put on weight.”
But he can do it. Robinson said he has always played both ways and said he had a couple of real quality games on defense last season. His receiving numbers weren’t too bad, either, with 40 catches for 713 yards and 12 touchdowns.
PC West has primarily been a basketball school for a long time, but with guys like Robinson and quarterback Trey Gooch, the Patriots are starting to make some noise on the gridiron.