Robinson Nails In-State Offer

Montclair (N.J.) has yet another prospect with BCS potential, and Rutgers gave 2016 receiver Elijah Robinson that chance with a verbal offer Thursday during a visit. Robinson discussed the significance of the offer, and where Rutgers stands with Scout.

Montclair (N.J.) 2016 receiver Elijah Robinson feels strongly about the chance to play close to home. Therefore, a Thursday verbal offer from Rutgers was a big deal.

Robinson visited alongside his high school coach – John Fiore – and enjoyed the experience.

“My visit went great,” Robinson said. “The area is so nice. They made me feel welcome. I’m close, so I felt at home. I’m very excited they decided to offer me.”

Robinson is a speedster on the gridiron, but said he does not know when he wants to make a college choice. Rutgers, however, sits in good position right now, he said.

“I was impressed with talking to all of the coaches,” Robinson said. “I enjoyed a tour of the facilities. I saw how diverse it was. That’s important. It was all-around a good place to be. Rutgers is a place that I really want to go to. … I want to see what else happens, but Rutgers could be my choice if I wanted to decide early.”

Assistant Anthony Campanile, who recently moved from tight ends to receivers coach, spoke in-depth with Robinson.

“I like him,” Robinson said. “I have a friend that goes to Bergen Catholic where his brother is the coach. I heard a lot of good things. He’s a nice guy. I’m very comfortable around him. If he was going to be me coach, I’d like that a lot.”

Robinson cited Rutgers’ academic reputation as another reason for interest.

“They have great academics,” he said. “They have 1-on-1 tutoring, and that stuck out. That’s something I think I might need, and it would help me out a lot. I really liked their academics.”

Temple was the first school to offer Robinson, where the Owls have three Montclair players on their roster. Syracuse, which could be in line for a spring visit, showed Robinson “heavy interest,” he said.

“It’s definitely an honor to have these opportunities,” said Robinson, who checks in a 6-foot-2, 170 pounds. “I’m just going to keep working hard.”

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