Robinson, Julius say 'Yes' to Ole Miss

Pawling, N.Y., defensive end Austrian Robinson will be heading to the deep south to play his college football. Winter Garden, Fla., product Jalen Julius decided the same thing, although he didn’t have to leave his part of the country.

The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Robinson, from Trinity-Pawling School, signed with Ole Miss and will head to Oxford this fall. After his recent visit, Robinson said Ole Miss was definitely appealing to him.

“Ole Miss was great,” said Robinson, who visited Ole Miss on the weekend of January 23. “The players there were very welcoming, and the coaches, they were telling me how they feel like I can come in there and play. I know they’re losing some [defensive linemen] and they need guys to come in and play. And just talking to [the Ole Miss staff], I know they can help me get better too. So it would be a good opportunity for me.”

Robinson had narrowed his long list down to basically three schools, with Ole Miss and Maryland as the leaders. The Miami Hurricanes of the Atlantic Coast Conference were a close third, according to earlier reports.

The Terrapins are a new member of the Big Ten Conference. But Robinson bypassed Maryland, his other top school, to choose the Rebels and play in the Southeastern Conference.

In addition to Ole Miss, Maryland, and Miami, Robinson held offers from the likes of Boston College, Rutgers, Kansas, Purdue, Connecticut, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Temple, and Central Florida.

Robinson had said he would likely wait to announce on Signing Day, which he did. He also said he’d choose the school that puts him “in the best situation to succeed as a football player and a student.”

Julius, a 5-foot-11 athlete, said he wanted to come in right away and play, and Ole Miss apparently provides that for him and more.

“Early playing time, my relationship with the coaches, and having a chance to win a national championship,” were the points he made as to what is most important to him.

Ole Miss, Louisville, and Notre Dame were his finalists.

“I feel like I can get early playing time at all three schools,” Julius said. “I like the players at Ole Miss. I think the best degree I can get is from Notre Dame, and I think I have the best shot of winning a national championship at Louisville. I've already decided where I am going to go, but everyone will have to wait until signing day to find out."

And he stayed true to his word, announcing Signing Day from his Florida school. Julius, from West Orange High School, visited Ole Miss the weekend of January 23.

“I went on all of the trips by myself. My folks said the decision is solely based on me,” Julius said. “The trip to Ole Miss went real good. It was a great experience, actually. I got to meet all of the players and got to know each one of them better. That is really what I wanted to look at on all of my visits. How well would I fit in with their players and what's their relationship with the coaches?

"I found out from the players that you are really going to spend the majority of your time with your position coach more than anything. They are all like brothers. I spent a lot of time with Coach (Grant) Heard, who is their receiver coach. He's real cool. He's not one of those coaches that yells and cusses at you. He's more laid back and teaches you the fundamentals of the game."

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