With the high school season approaching quickly, Robbie Robinson knows his focus will soon turn fully to his high school team.
A few days still remain before Hampton, Va., Phoebus takes the field, though. So the Class of 2016 three-star corner will arrive at West Virginia Friday, stay through early Saturday, before spending the night and most of Sunday at Penn State.
“I love Morgantown,” Robinson said. “With all the fans, it’s a football town and everything is about football.
“The coaches love my playing ability on offense, defense and special teams.”
West Virginia receivers coach Lonnie Galloway recruits the area for the Mountaineers, and he and Robinson have struck a quick relationship. He’s just one of many staffers the corner has fell in love with at the school, though.
“He’s a pretty cool coach,” Robinson said. “He asks about my well-being, how the team is doing, and he shows that he cares.”
Robinson has similar boxes he wants to check off at both schools. Finding out how he fits into both programs’ schemes tops the list, but academic settings at both schools, plus the atmosphere at practice, are important, too.
“I just want to get to [West Virginia] and see the tempo and energy at practice,” Robinson said. “I want to see the guys competing and getting after it.”
At Penn State, receivers coach Josh Gattis is the corner’s main point of contact. The Lions’ pitch is also being offered by current players Mark Allen, Marcus Allen, and Da’Quan Davis, as well as Class of 2016 verbal commitment Shane Simmons.
“Penn State has a great program; they’ve always had a great program,” Robinson said. “When I was younger, I had a friend that lived in PA and went up there a couple times. The atmosphere is crazy [in State College], especially during football season.”
Seeing practice will allow the junior to get a feel for the Lions’ schemes, he said, adding where he stacks up to older players is something he wants to discover, as well.
“They love me as a player defensively and what I can do with the ball in my hands,” Robinson said. “It’s a great opportunity just to see how they get after it defensively and are learning the scheme and how I’d fit into it.
“I really want to see how I could contribute to their program if I was coming in there.”
The 5-foot-9, 168-pounder added he plans to return to Penn State and West Virginia for games this fall, and unofficial visits to Virginia, Georgia Tech, Wisconsin and Michigan State could take place, as well.