Marcus Robinson is nasty on football field

Homestead (Fla.) Senior High has 6'2" and 220 lbs of pure nasty in linebacker Marcus Robinson. I recently caught up with Mr. Nasty and Head Coach McCray in Homestead and we talked about everything from his dominant junior year to his upcoming senior year.

This past year on a team loaded with division 1 talent, Marcus Robinson shined. Marcus was a playmaker recording 22 sacks and 4 defensive touchdowns from his DE/OLB position. On offense, he was a productive contributor at both WR and TE. Coach McCray had this to say about his standout linebacker "Marcus has the best first step of any player I have ever coached. He is very athletic and never takes a play off. He just keeps after you until you give him what he wants." And to place that evaluation in perspective, Coach McCray has been around some fine football talent. He has coached notable linebackers such as Michael Barrow (Dallas Cowboys) and James Burgess (San Diego Chargers), as well as 7 other All-Americans.

Physically, Marcus is blessed with great explosiveness. Recently, Marcus was timed in the forty at 4.5 seconds and had a 34" vertical. I had the good fortune of seeing one of Marcus's workouts. During his workout he demonstrated great strength and endurance as he bench pressed 315 lbs. and performed 185 lbs. for 19 reps respectively. Afterwards, while we were having a conversation in the school's gymnasium, I had him stand underneath the basketball goal where I tossed him a basketball and asked him to dunk it. He took one step and threw it down like most people throw down a McDonalds Big Mac...with sheer ease and enjoyment.

I asked Marcus what exactly fuels his fierce intensity on the field: "When I play I know my mother is in the stands and I just want to please her. I know if I outwork everybody, most of the time good things happen for me on the field like defensive touchdowns or takeaways. I love my mother so much, I just want her to be happy so I play my tail off for her."

Marcus has set goals for the 2008 season. "I just want to continue working on my game and pushing myself to become one of the more dominant players in the country and helping my team win a state title."

Marcus will be very busy this summer as he visits schools and decides which school will be best fit for him. According to coach McCray, Marcus is receiving interest from the following schools: UCLA, Miami, Rutgers, Florida State, Florida, Kansas State, Ole Miss, and FIU.

After spending the day with Marcus, it is certain that he would be an asset to any school in need of a Lawrence Taylor-type player with such passion and desire to win. Marcus Robinson is one of the more menacing linebackers in the state of Florida and it is expected that coach McCray will have a lot of visitors this fall.

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