Focus 2007: Mason Robinson

New Jersey athlete Mason Robinson will be one of the most prolific recruits in the Northeast, and in addition to already racking up two official offers, he has been getting a heavy amount of interest from some of the hottest programs in the Nation.

Mason Robinson, a 5-foot-10, 180 pound, athlete, from Somerville, N.J. has already picked up his first two official offers, but they will most certainly not be his last.

"Mason has already been offered by Virginia and Rutgers," Somerville High head coach Kevin Carty said. "A lot of other schools like Maryland, Boston College, Ohio State, and Connecticut have already come by to express their interest. By the end of the spring I suspect that he will have 20 offers."

Robinson was honored to pick up his first two offers, but he will also be tracking some other schools throughout the recruiting process.

"I am also interested in Ohio State, Florida, Maryland, Tennessee, Michigan, and Notre Dame. I have been receiving a lot of interest from all of those schools."

Robinson plays running back and cornerback in high school, but he could wind up at a number of positions on the next level.

"He has great hips as a defender, and intercepted six passes last year. I could never figure out why anybody would even want to throw it his way at all" coach Carty explained. "He has great hands on offense, and one coach told me that he looked a lot like Santana Moss on film, and that he could be very effective in that slot receiver type of role."

"I really do not have a preference. Virginia offered me for defense, and Rutgers offered me as a running back. I am open to either," Robinson stated.

Boasting a (10.7) 100 meter time, and a classroom average around 90 percent, Robinson knows that standing out in these other areas have helped him to improve his stock as a prospect.

"Some of the colleges really like you to run track now. It helps you get the form down, and really understand how to run. I also like the competition of running the 100. It has really helped me to get faster, and I bring that out with me on the field," Robinson said.

"When I was younger somebody took me aside, and taught me that schools will use your grades as a comparison tool. They may have one player that they see as your equal on the field, so they will then look at your character and grades, and that may be what sets you apart from the other guy," Robinson explained. "My Mom has also been a big inspiration to me. She has always been there for me, and helped me to understand how important it is to do your best. She has just always been someone that I have been able to look up to."

As a junior Robinson racked up 47 tackles and six interceptions on defense, ran for over 1,229 yards and scored 12 rushing touchdowns on offense, and amassed All-State, All-Conference, All-County, and All-Area honors.

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