Nobody was expecting a commitment from McKinney (Texas) Boyd offensive lineman Tyrese Robinson when he visited Oklahoma for junior day four weeks ago.
But of all the people not shocked that he did pledge to the Sooners, Robinson is probably No. 1 in that list. Even though there were no outward signs of it being imminent, Robinson said he had his mind made up for a while that it would be OU.
Robinson made his first trip to OU last year for junior day, and the Sooners were already in his head back then.
“They have great coaches, and it feels like a great family,” Robinson said. “I went down there and saw the academic support, which was important to my mom. Everything felt good.”
Robinson said a big reason for his commitment is because of his relationship with offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh, saying Robinson believes Bedenbaugh does a great job of getting his guys to the next level in the NFL.
Two weeks after committing, Robinson and a bunch of the other 2017 commits were back on campus for an unofficial junior day. The vibe was no doubt a little different coming back to campus.
“I definitely feel a little bit closer and at home with the coaches,” Robinson said.
Robinson wasn’t able to make it to Norman to watch the Sooners in 2015, but he did see OU and its big-time road win at Baylor last season.
Robinson, ranked No. 189 in the Scout 300, is a vital piece to OU’s 2017 puzzle, but it won’t be easy for the Sooners to keep his pledge as other schools are not going to back away.
“Right now my plan is to take all five of my official visits and see if something will top OU,” Robinson said. “But it’s going to be really tough for any school to do that.”
Robinson said he knows four of his visits right now in Texas, Baylor, Georgia and OU. He’s not sure about the fifth one at this time.
It’s tough to see Robinson going anywhere as of now because of how vocal he has been in trying to recruit other players to join him in Norman, most notably Scout 300 ATH J.K. Dobbins. Dobbins was also in Norman two weeks ago.
“I’m definitely going to try to pursue them” Robinson said. “Any time you can try to make the class better, it’s worth a shot.”
Sooners Illustrated will get a chance to see Robinson in person in two weeks at the Dallas Opening regional. He said there is a lot to like about his game.
“I’m an athlete,” Robinson said. “I move really well and have a nasty streak. I play hard and dirty and have been working a lot on my technique.”
Robinson said he is 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds right now, but he’s hoping to drop a little bit of that weight as he transitions back to football training in the spring.
He still has a year before he ultimately has to make the final decision, but Robinson is pretty content right now with his OU choice.
“It has definitely made everything less stressful,” Robinson said. “I’m not worrying about where I’m going to go or anything like that. Just focused on getting better.”