NJ DT Buried With Offers

Irvington's Nate Robinson is getting inundated with scholarship offers. The impressive lineman, who has been doing his research, names his top 5 and top 10 teams.

Name: Nate Robinson
Position: DT, OT
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 300 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.9
Bench Press: 320
School: Irvington High School, Irvington, NJ

More than 2 dozen schools have already seen enough of Nate to know that he's more than worthy of a scholarship offer.  27 schools have offered the impressive defender and it's only the beginning of June.

"I guess they've seen one of the best games I had," Nate said referring to last year's game against Shabazz which was made available on video tape for prospective schools to see.  "I think I had 12 tackles and 2 sacks that game."

Nate attributes much of his success to his quickness.

"I come up quick off the ball, so when I see that ball flinch I'm right there and I'm gone."

Nate patterns his play after that of NFL superstar Reggie White and has had great success utilizing White's swim move.

Nate plays both OT and DT for Irvington.  College coaching staffs project him to play defensive tackle at the next level.

During his junior season, Robinson accumulated 80 tackles, 14 1/2 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 3 recovered fumbles and 12 batted balls.  His defensive efforts earned him 1st Team All-Area and 2nd Team All-County honors.

Nate has already begun doing his research and has accumulated both a top 5 and a top 10 list.

He listed his top 5 teams as: "Rutgers, Miami, Maryland, Michigan State and Virginia Tech."

The following schools round out his top 10: "Georgia, North Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia and Nebraska."

All of those schools have offered.  Nate claims to have no single favorite team at this time.

"I haven't visited any except for Rutgers.  Last year I attended Rutgers' camp.  My sister graduated from there."

The most recent offer he received was from the University of Washington

Is Penn State recruiting Nate?

"Yes, definitely," he replied.  "They offered back in May, about 2 weeks ago."

Assistant Head Coach Fran Ganter is recruiting Robinson for the Nittany Lions.

"He came to the school, but he hasn't called.  I'm working on a top 15.  They're in the top 15.  I think they are like 11.  I really like Penn State.  I have to redo my top 10.  I think Penn State could take out Nebraska.  You could substitute Penn State for Nebraska."

Distance to a prospective school does not concern Nate.

He has worked very hard to improve his grades.

"They're real good now.  The previous marking period, I had around a 2.5 (GPA).  Now, they're around 2.9.  I take the ACT on Saturday, June 8.  Hopefully, I'll do well on that.  I've been studying."


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