Robinson Focusing on Recruiting

Olive Branch finished its football season last Friday night with a loss to Madison Central in the state playoffs. Now their standout right tackle and one of the state's top overall prospects, Damien Robinson, will focus on finding the right college.

"The season went pretty well," said Damien Robinson. "It could have gone better."

Olive Branch was 10-3 on the year. Robinson, 6-8, 325, earned an All-State mention as a junior last season at offensive tackle. Coach Scott Samsel also used has used him on the defensive side of the ball at nose tackle.

Robinson says he's enjoyed taking in some big college games this year while looking at colleges.

"I'm really looking forward to this weekend when I go up to see the Oklahoma- Oklahoma State game," Robinson said. "I went to Ole Miss- LSU, Alabama- Tennessee, [Mississippi] State and Alabama."

An outstanding pass blocker with tremendous size and agility, Robinson is recruited by many of the top programs in Division 1.

"Alabama has been recruiting me hard with Coach [Bo] Davis, so has LSU with Coach [Larry] Porter, and [Mississippi] State," said Robinson. "Also, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Oklahoma have been showing me lot of interest as well. I'm pretty comfortable with all of those schools, and right now can't really say a leader."

Robinson is currently in the process of setting up official visits for December and January.

"There's no decision date set," Robinson said. "None of the schools recruiting me have asked for a date. I'm going to sit down with my Mom and Head Coach [Samsel] and sort it out after my visits."

Robinson does know one thing now for sure about college, what he wants to study.

"A school with good academics is important to me," he said. "I want to go into the medical field and become a nurse."

Olive Branch has put its fair share of alumni on college football rosters recently like Markeith Summers, Rod Woodson, and Marlon Walls.

"I talk to some of the players I played with [at Olive Branch] who are now at Ole Miss, Alabama, and Tennessee and they tell me what they think about the program and what to expect if I go there," Robinson said. "Besides good academics, I want to go to a school with a good coaching staff and top all-around athletic department."

In the off-season Robinson hopes to rehab some nicks suffered throughout the season.

"I had a high ankle sprain, so I'm going to work on my ankle and get it right," says Robinson. "I need to continue to get faster and work a lot of on upper body. It needs to be stronger."

Robinson says he continues to make strides in the classroom as well.

"My grades have improved," he said. "They've gotten a lot better. I haven't taken the ACT yet. As far as grades, I'm on track to qualify."

Robinson wore No. 76 for the Conquistadors at Olive Branch High School. He was also on the track team competing in the shot put.

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