Robinson Impressed by Penn State Visit

The Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt four-star back made it back to University Park Monday to learn more about the Nittany Lions' new staff.

Andre Robinson couldn't make Penn State's Junior Day Feb. 15. So he asked running backs coach Charles Huff when he could visit instead.

The Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt four-star running back and Huff settled on Monday. Following a day full of relationship building and meetings, the back said he has a better feel for the Nittany Lions' new coaching staff.

"It was really good," Robinson said. "I wanted to get to know Coach Franklin and the staff, and I had a good chance to talk to them all day and pick their brains on what they're doing.

"It was a good opportunity."

Robinson had developed a quality relationship with former Penn State assistant Larry Johnson, but when the longtime Lion staffer headed to Ohio State, the junior back knew he would have to get to campus as soon as possible to build a new relationship and get a read on the program's outlook.

He was able to do that Monday, along with Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood offensive tackle Ryan Bates and linebacker Jake Cooper, Malvern (Pa.) Great Valley defensive end Ryan Buchholz, and Mifflintown (Pa.) Juniata Class of 2014 running back Neil Bodley, who also made the trip.

Bates was already committed, while Cooper and Buchholz each joined Penn State's Class of 2015 before the day ended. Bodley pledged to join the Lions as a preferred walk-on (he'll enroll this summer) before the day was over, as well.

Though Robinson didn't commit during the visit, he did gained plenty from it.

"We just hung out all day, met in the offices, went to lunch, and just had a good day," Robinson said. "I just got a better impression about Coach Huff.

"We just talked about what he looks for in his running backs, how he reads guys, and how he gets his guys on the field, which is good for me to know if I'm possibly there in the future."

Hip flexibility, running low, pass blocking and a high football IQ were all criteria Huff threw out for his ideal back. Robinson believes he possess all of them.

The junior also said he isn't concerned by the recent commitment of Whitehall (Pa.) running back Saquon Barkley to the Lions, but added the subject did come up.

"They said they're taking two running backs," Robinson said. "I'm not scared of competition, and I look forward to competing with him or any of the running backs at the school I end up at. In my head, I'd be the best running back there, and if I'm not, I'm going to work hard until I am.

"They didn't pressure me, but just said they are only going to take two."

Robinson will visit Penn State once more March 21, and the four-star also has a visit set to Ohio State March 22.

As for the most recent trip to Happy Valley, the running back said Penn State helped itself throughout the day.

"I definitely have a better impression in my head after the visit and am thinking good things," Robinson said. "I'm thinking highly of [Penn State] right now."


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