Almost Like Home

It was all so close to home for Errol Robinson, even though the high school shortstop lives in Boyds, Maryland.

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Robinson, a rising senior at St. John's College High School, committed to Ole Miss to play baseball starting in 2013-14. His family has a lot of ties to Oxford.

His mother, Vicki, grew up in Oxford and graduated from Ole Miss. His sister, Jolie, attends Ole Miss now. His father, Frederick, attended Ole Miss for two years before transferring. His grandparents live in Oxford.

"They're all very, very excited," he said of his commitment to play for the Rebels. "It's great."

Robinson is mainly a shortstop. He says, however, he can play either middle infield position if need be.

"If it means getting on the field, I'll play second," said the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder.

Robinson is ranked No. 249 nationally by Perfect Game, No. 5 in the state of Maryland and No. 34 nationally at his position in his class. He ran the 60-yard-dash in 6.85 seconds at the PG National in Minneapolis earlier in June.

His batting average during his junior year of high school was .391 with 21 RBI, 10 doubles, one triple, one home run, with 24 walks and 14 stolen bases.

He led off most of the season but also batted third and fourth in the lineup at some points. Robinson was named to the All-State team as well as the All-Metro D.C. and All-Conference teams.

His high school team was 23-2 heading into the playoffs but lost in the first game to be eliminated. In Robinson's sophomore season, his high school team won a state championship.

He's currently playing a summer schedule with the St. John's College High squad.

"We're playing in a couple of showcases, went to North Carolina and Georgia, and this weekend we'll be at Towson," Robinson said. "I'm going to the Breakthrough Series in Cary, N.C. And I'm doing the East Coast Showcase in Syracuse, N.Y."

Robinson commits to Ole Miss
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Through all that it's Ole Miss that's also on his mind. He became more familiar recently with the place his family has known well for a long time.

"I went down there (with family) to take my sister (to college)," he said. "Driving around I saw the football stadium and the baseball stadium. I was just amazed at how pretty the campus was. We went to a football game. We went to the Grove. It was fantastic. I always pictured myself going to Ole Miss after that."

He also got in touch with the Ole Miss baseball coaches as soon as he could.

"I just sent him an email," he said of assistant coach Carl Lafferty. "I think Coach Lafferty kind of looked out for me after that, wherever he was and wherever I was. Just recently at the PG National (Perfect Game Showcase in Minneapolis), I had a chance to meet Coach (Cliff) Godwin and talk to him a little bit."

There is interest from some other schools, but Robinson has his mind made up.

"I've gotten some calls," he said. "Maryland would have been my choice if not for Ole Miss. I just got a letter (Monday) from Alabama, which is kind of interesting. And there's UCF, Wake Forest, Virginia, and some schools like Liberty and Delaware State."

Robinson will sign with the Rebels in November, then focus on finishing strong during his senior season of high school before heading to Ole Miss.

"I've got to get ready for the SEC, but at the same time I want to help my team win a state championship," he said. "I was voted captain recently for (next year's) team. So I've got to help these guys focus and help us head in the right direction."

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