With spots in the recruiting class for 2015 becoming less and less available, Tennessee’s coaches are already focusing heavily on the 2016 crop of prospects.
Scout four-star defensive end Janarius Robinson is one rising junior receiving plenty of attention from the Vols.
Robinson, rated by Scout as the No. 13 defensive end and No. 123 player overall, has already visited Knoxville three times. The Bay (Fla.) Senior High product most recently saw Rocky Top with his mother in mid-July for Tennessee’s second “Orange Carpet Day” in which it hosted many of its top targets.
“I’m trying to look inside of things, you know, see how things are going,” Robinson told InsideTennessee. “(I want) to see if I find something different that I like.” Robinson said his mother “liked” their time on campus.
Thus far, the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder has found a lot to enjoy about Tennessee but admits he is eager to learn more.
“I really like the facilities, but I want to get a little more in with the (Vols) coaches, get a little more of a relationship with them,” Robinson said.
Defensive line coach Steve Stripling and linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen have forged early relationships with the Sunshine State's third-ranked junior end.
Tennessee would love to land a talented lineman such as Robinson, but it will be entrenched in a serious recruiting bout for his services. While the Panama City, Fla., product contends that staying close to home is “not really that important,” another program has made a strong impression.
“I wouldn’t say they’re the ‘leader,’ but I really like Florida State,” Robinson said. “I really don’t have a leader. I want to see all the (college choices) before I release a leader.”
As of right now, Robinson is unsure of when he’ll publicly release his list of top schools but says the group could be revealed sometime this fall.
With his junior season quickly approaching, Robinson’s summer tour of college campuses is waning. However, the four-star intends to visit Knoxville for a game this season.
For now, Robinson is taking a deliberate approach to the recruiting process. Though several highly touted prospects for the 2016 cycle are already making their pledges known, Robinson admits he “really (doesn’t) know” when his college decision could come.Other than Florida State and Tennessee, Robinson reported Clemson, Miami, Michigan and South Carolina as his most dedicated suitors.