Beavs have decorated gem in Robinson

THE TENDENCY AFTER a verbal commitment can be to celebrate for a moment or two, and then move on and start looking at who's next. Strongside linebacker Rueben Robinson verballed to Mike Riley early in the process, back in April. Since then, however, he tore up the 5A class in Arizona, topping the century mark in tackles his senior season and earning first team all-state and all-region honors.

LB Rueben Robinson, (6-2.5, 215, 4.6)  
Hamilton High; Chandler, Arizona

Other schools recruiting since his OSU verbal:
"U of A, ASU, Cal, San Diego State, Notre Dame, those schools have kept in touch with me with email, mail and all that kind of stuff. ASU, U of A, San Diego State, I went up there about a month after committing to Oregon State, for some passing league tournaments that we had and I know they really liked me. They were talking to my head coach about me and it seemed like they wanted to offer. But they wanted to know if they had a chance in getting me," said Robinson.

Commitment level to OSU:
"With me, and my parents, we made it clear to them that my commitment to Oregon State was a firm commitment and I didn't have any plans on changing my mind," said Robinson.

The book on Robinson:
"I think as a linebacker, the first thing they were looking for is my reaction time -- I think that's something they liked about me was my ability to see it, and then GO...and they told me they loved my hitting ability of course. And then my athleticism -- coach (Greg) Newhouse, he's always talking about speed, athleticism and movement as a linebacker. Those were the things they liked about me and why they offered," said Robinson.

Gut reaction on official visit to OSU last month:
"From a previous unofficial visit, I just really noticed it's one big family. That stood out to me. From coaches to players, the whole team is really close," said Robinson.

Any surprises during the trip:
"Seeing how much they covered in an hour, I'm not used to that in high school football," said Robinson.

More detail on football film work at OSU during his visit:
"I went and watched film with the other linebackers and the linebackers coach, and I went to some team meetings with the head coach. At first it was (overwhelming) because I don't know any of the terminology and the play calls but when he started explaining it and breaking it down, and I got a chance to talk to coach Newhouse about the defense it was great. At first it was, 'This is a lot to cover.' And they're doing it every week, and against different teams. It seems like they're just learning so much every week. But one thing coach Newhouse told me, as long as I get the basics down, as soon as I understand them, it's slowly adding on things after that," said Robinson.

On the coaching style at OSU he observed:
"They're not out there to berate anyone. They're out there to show you what to do and to coach you up. And if you perform, then you're going to be out on the field. If you don't perform, they're not going to sit there and berate you, you're just not going to play," said Robinson.

On being hosted by another 'Zona linebacker: "Keaton Kristick was my host and I had a really good time with him, I got along with him really well. James Rodgers, Jacquizz Rodgers, all of them were really cool and really friendly when I was there," said Robinson.

Where he sees himself at OSU:
"A strongside backer, like Keaton Kristick. Personally I think I could play any of the three. In high school I played middle, outside, and then rover my junior year, so I've played all around the place," said Robinson.

NOTABLE NOTE: Robinson was named first team all-state and all-region his senior year. A team captain on the 5A state champions, he racked up 122 tackles in 2008 with 3 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions and 4 fumble recoveries.

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