That doesn't mean that he's ready to declare for the Crimson, but it does mean Tennessee has some catching up to do if they plan to sign the 5-foot-10, 180-pound prospect who Scout.com rates No. 39 among the nation's safety prospects.
As a junior, he recorded 50 tackles and intercepted five passes over eight games. Robinson spearheaded a secondary that led the state with 16 interceptions.
Robinson is scheduled to attend a prep school at Notre Dame the next two weeks to broaden his knowledge of his college major (engineering). He reports a non-weighted GPA of 3.8 and an ACT score of 23. He wants to take unofficial visits to North Carolina and Colorado after his return to Memphis. He also has offers from Vanderbilt, Memphis, Ole Miss, MTSU and Southern Miss. Arkansas, like Tennessee, is in a holding pattern.
A standout at the national junior combine in San Antonio last January where he recorded a fabulous 4.18 short shuttle and a 30-inch vertical en route to being named to the all-combine squad. In addition to having athleticism and intelligence he is also versatile enough to play any role in the second. He is also a physical player that likes collisions and could easily convert into man defender on a slot receiver.
Tennessee coaches reiterated their interest in the defensive back during a May visit to Whitehaven, and an offer could be in the offing. However the Vols have a commitment from No. 19 safety Nyshier Oliver, a four-star prospect out of Jersey City, N.J. and remain strong contenders for No. 12 safety Darren Myles of Atlanta Carver as well as Rod Woodson from Olive Branch, Miss., who is ranked No. 21. It's interesting to note that UT has offered the nation's No. 37 safety prospect, Vlad Emilien of Plantation, Fla., as well as No. 38 David Sims, of Saint Matthews, SC.
There's a good chance Gene Robinson will be in Tennessee's football future, but will it be as a Vol or one of their opponents?