Now, he does. And the Pawling, N.Y., Trinity-Pawling School three-star defensive tackle has seen the Nittany Lions twice in three days.
The senior visited University Park for the first half of Penn State's 34-10 loss to Michigan State Saturday. Monday, offensive line coach Herb Hand and defensive coordinator Bob Shoop traveled to New York to visit with the 6-foot-6, 285-pound prospect.
“It meant a lot [that they came to visit] because having a coach tell me again how important I am to the future, and that they really want me to be a big part of it, and that they want me to come for an official visit, is important,” Robinson said.
”Coach Shoop said they could use me at multiple positions. They said I’m versatile and that I’m able to play anywhere.”
Robinson always thought a Penn State offer would come, dating back to his earliest contact with Lions’ defensive line coach Sean Spencer. And while it eventually did come, it took time.
That fact didn’t hinder the Lions when it asked Robinson to come down for the game, though. After some difficulties parking and getting into the stadium on a snowy afternoon in State College, Robinson was able to take in everything a Penn State game day experience has to offer.
“It was really good,” Robinson said. “I felt it was great. We got to experience it and the it was great. The energy the coaches put in during the game was impressive.”
Though the parking snafu caused some headaches, there was a side benefit.
“I got to see a little but on campus, and everybody is cool and everything was real good,” he said. “They have some of the best fans in college football right now. It’s a real great atmosphere and cool to see.”
Robinson’s next stop will be College Park in Maryland. He will officially visit the Terps this coming weekend.
“I want to see the academic side of stuff,” he said. “My mom didn’t get to go before, but she is this time, and I like her seeing it and getting her thoughts.”