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Tennessee's 'crazy' atmosphere catches Stephan Robinson's eye

Stephan Robinson has the ability to help a college football team on either side of the ball. Read what the Oklahoma native told InsideTennessee about his interest in the Volunteers after officially visiting Knoxville.

Stephan Robinson had an eye-opening official visit to Tennessee over the weekend.

The freshman cornerback and wide receiver at Northeast Oklahoma A&M took an official visit to Knoxville and saw the Volunteers dismantle Vanderbilt 53-28 to finish their regular season with an 8-4 record.

“It was nice,” Robinson told InsideTennessee. “The atmosphere was crazy. The stadium and everything was really nice — the school, the people, everybody.”

Discussions with Butch Jones didn’t get overly in-depth because the freshman had to head back to Oklahoma.

“We talked for a little bit before I left. He’s a really cool coach. He just told me he’d get back to me in the next couple days about the offer and stuff.”

Dimarya Mixon was one of Robinson’s player hosts.

“They’re really cool guys. We just chilled,” Robinson said.

The two-way athlete was part of a crowd of over 98,000 at Neyland Stadium, which was the second smallest crowd of the season for Tennessee.

“I had never been a part of anything like that before,” Robinson said. “It was real loud. Made me want to get out there and play.”

The Oklahoma native gets a chance to see how the Rocky Top sales pitch stacks up to a Big 12 school as he has an official visit to Kansas planned. An official to Utah State is a possibility.

Certainly whether or not the Vols pull the trigger on an offer could affect visit plans. Robinson hopes to make a commitment somewhere within the next few weeks as he has plans for enrolling at a four-year university in January.

“I think I’m going to make it next Sunday — depending on if Tennessee offers me or not — after my Kansas visit,” he said.

Robinson is accustomed to the flat lands of the southwest. Thus, the Smoky Mountains were something to behold during the drive in and around Knoxville.

“It’s a nice city. With the hills, it’s weird. I’m not used to that,” he said.

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Northeast Oklahoma A&M is the same JUCO that produced Tennessee starting cornerback Justin Martin, however, he did not play alongside Robinson, who is a true freshman at NEO. The Oklahoma City native told IT that he fully qualified coming out of high school, which means he can join a university without an associates degree.

Robinson had walk-on opportunities at schools like Kansas, Oklahoma or Oklahoma State but decided on the JUCO route to “see what happens.”

Robinson paced the Norsemen with five catches for 72 yards in a win over Cisco Junior College in October. The 5-foot-10, 166-pounder has the skill set to play on either side of the football.

“I just told them (Tennessee coaches) that I didn’t really care,” Robinson said of his positional home. “They’re going to get back to me on that.”

A hip pointer in Week 3 slowed his progress at NEO this fall but attention from coaches on the university level. He described the suddenness of his game for those that have not seen his film.

“Fast, shitfy, physical, very athletic. I’m not tall but I have long arms. Play the ball very well. I can see the play before it happens a lot of the time when I’m at corner.”

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