Recruiting News

LionNews first reported Tuesday morning that New Jersey defensive lineman Elijah Robinson was scheduled to take an official visit to PSU this past weekend. How interested is Elijah? Also, is there another possible side to the story of the scheduling mixup with Vince Hall's official visit?

Name: Elijah Robinson
Position: DE
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 260 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.6
School: Woodrow Wilson High, Camden, NJ

This past weekend, I was told a recruit named Elijah from New Jersey was at Penn State on an official visit. The person said that the recruit had an offer from Penn State and was being recruited to play on the defensive line. I immediately thought of Elijah Robinson of Woodrow Wilson HS in Camden, New Jersey.

After I mentioned Robinson was a Tulane commitment, the person said that the recruit named Elijah told him it was between PSU and Tulane.

I talked to Elijah Robinson's head coach, Mike McBride, Monday night.

"Yes sir, he took a visit up there," Coach McBride said.  "I haven't been able to talk to him because I went down to the University of Virginia with Turk (Coach McBride's nephew, Turk McBride) this weekend and we just got back today (Monday).

"He was very excited about going up there."

Although he admitted that Elijah had made a verbal commitment to Tulane, he also stated that Penn State is still in the picture.

"Coach Johnson and Coach Norwood have done an outstanding job in recruiting him.  He was very intrigued and went up to take a look at it.

"They want to start him off as a defensive end, because right now he's 260 pounds, and then they'll just bulk him up and slide him down to defensive tackle.  He's grown and not in a chubby way, he's muscular.

"He's always been interested [in Penn State], but once he went down to Tulane, everything kind of stopped because he made it stop, not because the schools stopped coming in.  They still came in trying to get on him.

"Something just clicked [at Tulane] because he cancelled visits to West Virginia, Clemson, Iowa, so when Penn State came through, I think it was just the academics, the strength of the degree from Penn State that has his attention.  They offered him a while back."

Robinson transferred to Wilson from Camden HS prior to his senior year.

"He played center for us and did a nice job.  He made 1st Team All-Area as a center.  On defense, he played defensive-end opposite of Turk.  He got a lot of action because they ran away from Turk so much.  He did a tremendous job on that side.  He ended up with 65 tackles, 9 1/2 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and like 3 fumble recoveries.  He had an outstanding season."

Elijah also took official visits to North Carolina (12/6) and Tulane (12/13).

"He's outstanding, very knowledgable of the game, and plays at a great speed.  He wants to be the very best player he could be."

Robinson is already qualified, carrying a 2.5 GPA and having scored an 860 on the SAT.

"He's trying to push that to 1,000 points, so he'll take it again."

Coach McBride's comments on junior prospects at Wilson

"I have 4 kids.  The bell cow of the group is a big defensive back.  He's 6'1", 185 pounds, Hussain Shakir.  He is a 4.57 kid.  He is a corner.  A lot of folks have been in [to see the seniors] and they are just knocked out by this kid.

"I have a strong safety, Harold Daulton.  He is 6'0", 180 pounds.  He runs a low 4.5, 4.54.

"The third kid is Nyere Aumatire (nigh-AIR-ee o-MA-tree).  He is a 6'4", 310 pound offensive tackle."

According to McBride, all are Division I prospects "without a doubt".

"I won't have anybody that will be as highly recruited as Turk next year, but Hussain is going to be rated higher than Elijah and Preston.  The other two may be like Elijah and Preston.  Brian Norwood came to watch us practice.  He saw Hussain, Nyere and Harold and said 'Geez, look at those kids'."

Name: Vince Hall
Position: LB
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 238 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.6
School: West Branch High School, Chesapeake, Va.

It is common knowledge at this point that according to Vince Hall, Penn State made some sort of scheduling error with his scheduled official visit to PSU for the weekend of January 17.  As a result, Vince has crossed the Nittany Lions off his list.

Because the Nittany Lion coaching staff cannot comment on the goings on with a particular recruit, I am not able to get their side of the Vince Hall story.

Since I first reported the story, however, I have received information from separate sources that I deem credible.  Each source has stated that Penn State informed Hall prior to the visit that they were no longer interested in recruiting him.  The sources indicated that Hall gave his version of the story to save face.

One has to try to decide for themselves what to believe and what not to believe, I just feel it's important to get more than one side of the story.

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