Akeem Robinson, TE, 6-5, 270, 4.8, Carol City , FL
Why did you verbal now?
"I just thought it was the right time to do. I feel comfortable going to Rutgers. I like what they are doing with the team and with academics."
Who offered you besides Rutgers?
"University of South Florida. I was also recruited heavily by Florida."
How was your senior year?
"We won the state championships. I had 9 pancake blocks in that game and finished off the season with 80. I was All Dade and made the All Star Game but due to basketball, I could not make that game."
Will they redshirt you at Rutgers?
"It depends on how I do in the summer. They are looking at me at left tackle and tight end even on defense."
Larry Blustein of Florida Kids had this to say about Akeem Robinson
PLAYER: Akeem Robinson.
SCHOOL: Miami Carol City.
www.floridakids.us PRE-SUMMER RATING: 74
THE SCOOP ON THIS FLORIDA KID: Emerged at the end of his sophomore season as a player who could turn into quite a football player.
Grew quickly during his junior season, and with his outstanding blocking skills, was suddenly viewed by most schools as an offensive lineman.
EVALUATION: The first thing you notice is his size. As a tight end, he would lean on defensive players and wear them down throughout the course of a game with his ability to use his large frame to his advantage.
This is yet another player you simply cannot judge by watching on film.
As a tight end, he was never asked to get too far up field, but when he was, he had very good hands and did well in matchups. Without the ball, when the tape was rolling and on not on him was the true measure of his talents. He never gives up on his blocks and will stick with his man until the play is over!
THE INSIDE STORY: There is little doubt that Akeem will be an offensive lineman at the next level. He has the frame to go over 300 pounds early in his collegiate career.
Earlier this season I talked to Akeem and he had this to say
"My season got ended early due to a slightly separated shoulder. When I came back my coach told to just rest it up and play basketball. This will be my first full season of football. I did get an award at the Miami camp. I got the award the 'most outstanding effort' I felt good about that since they had 500 players there."
Akeem was ranked as the 20th best player in the Miami Dade area by the Miami Herald.
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