Robinson Blowing Up

Feb. 16 -- 2016 Mater Dei linebacker Curtis Robinson is up to 15 offers, and is eyeing UCLA for his next...

Four-star 2016 linebacker Curtis Robinson has seen his recruitment blow up in recent weeks. Sitting with four offers heading into January, Robinson has suddenly racked up 15 total, with the most recent coming from Michigan and Arizona.

“It’s hard to keep track,” Robinson said. “It’s really picked up. It started really slow, I got the first four relatively quickly, close together, and then it was a couple of months. Then all of a suddent, it just kind of picked up.”

Much of that can be attributed to Robinson’s junior film, which apparently wowed enough coaches around the country to make him one of the fastest-rising juniors in the country, with almost all schools recruiting him as a sort of linebacker/safety hybrid.

The Michigan offer is a big one for Robinson, who said that the addition of Jim Harbaugh is significant for him.

“I mean, I always knew Michigan,” Robinson said. “Even without Harbaugh, it’s Michigan, with all the great players behind it. With Harbaugh there, it obviously catches my attention. I mean, it’s Jim Harbaugh. It’s definitely going to be cool to get that relationship started.”

USC also recently offered the Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei linebacker after he attended the Trojans’ Junior Day a few weeks ago.

““That was cool,” Robinson said. “It was cool being there with all the players I’ve played against, all the elite players. That was a cool thing, because it was such a select group, and then to receive the offer at the end, that was pretty cool. I had a great time.”

Believe it or not, there are still a few schools that are recruiting Robinson but who haven’t yet offered.

“I’m still talking to TCU, Utah, and UCLA,” Robinson said. “I’m actually going to take a visit up to UCLA either this week or next week. So hopefully good things happen there.”

Robinson actually has a close connection to UCLA, though he stops short of saying he grew up a fan.

“I wasn’t necessarily a fan,” Robinson said. “It was just kind of in the household because my mom graduated from UCLA and she actually works there now, she’s a Spanish professor there.”

Robinson’s primary recruiter at UCLA has been running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu, who’s been pretty clear with him on why the Bruins haven’t yet offered.

“They’re just saying they love me as a player, and they really want to develop a good relationship,” Robinson said. “They don’t just want to throw out an offer before evaluating, which I like. I mean, it’s good. They’re just really focused on getting me up there to meet every coach and just putting a face to the name, things like that.”

Of schools who haven’t really talked to him, only one stands out as a truly coveted offer.

“Really the only one I can really think of is Stanford,” Robinson said. “That’s a really big one. Academic is going to be really important for me. I’ve worked really hard the last two years, and I want to go somewhere that’ll stay up with academics.”

Interestingly, the motivation for that set of priorities is coming mostly from Robinson, not his parents.

“My parents obviously want me to go to a good school, but it’s mostly me,” Robinson said. “Obviously, the goal is the NFL, but the chances of that are slim and none, so I’ve got to be able to be ready after football.”

Robinson, who lists no leaders, says that he has no timeline yet for his decision.

“Right now, I’m staying pretty open,” Robinson said. “I’m not looking to make an early decision, but you never know what will happen, you could wake up one day and want to make an early decision. Right now, I’m not planning on committing anytime soon. I want to go through the process slow and steady and kind of take visits and stuff like that.”

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