In a loaded group of Scout 300 prospects at the Pylon Elite 7v7 in Las Vegas, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei linebacker Curtis Robinson was on the very short list of the top performers in the entire event.
It wasn’t a surprise to most watching Robinson, who’s picked up where he left off from his stellar junior season.
What has been surprising, at least to Robinson, is the trajectory of his own recruitment.
“It’s been pretty overwhelming, to be honest,” said Robinson. “I can’t say I expected it to be like this. I mean, I hoped it, but for it to happen the way it did and so fast and out of nowhere, it’s been such a shock but it has been a lot of fun too.”
Robinson had a handful of offers when USC offered, but he said that offer from the Trojans kind of triggered the windfall of offers he’s received.
“I don’t want to undermine any school that has offered me, because every school is big, but the offer from USC really woke me up,” said Robinson. “When I got that, that woke me up and then everything started going from there. Coach Sark (Steve) Sarkisian offered me and Coach (Peter) Sirmon is the main one recruiting me.”
Then came an offer from the national champions, that only took it up another notch.
“When Ohio State offered, that was huge for me,” said Robinson. “What was the biggest thing for me, was I had just been talking to my dad about them and I had been wondering if they’d even come out west. You don’t see them out west that often, so that was big to me. Coach (Luke) Fickell and it’s been really good getting to know him and our relationship is developing really fast.”
UCLA offered in between those two, another significant offer for Robinson, who’s mom is a professor at UCLA.
“I went up there for an unofficial visit and Coach (Jim) Mora was who extended the offer but I had been talking with Coach (Scott) White there and before he got hired,” said Robinson. “I’ve talked to him since he’s been hired too, we actually talk a lot. I talked to him the day I got here (in Las Vegas). We have a great relationship already. I’m excited for him to be the coach recruiting me.”
Even with his mom teaching at UCLA, Robinson said she’s letting him handle everything on his own.
“She teaches Spanish at UCLA as a professor, and while I’m sure she’d like it if I’m there, she hasn’t pressured me once and she’s not pressuring me at all,” said Robinson.
With 21 offers, Robinson said there aren’t many more he’s looking for, though he said that Utah has been talking with him more and more and thinks they could be the next to extend an offer.
And while he said all the schools who’ve offered are recruiting him hard, their offering and recruitment of him an indicator of their interest, he admitted a couple of schools have been on him more than others.
While all the schools recruiting him like him on defense, only two, are talking about receiver with him, Duke and Washington.
“Those are the only two talking about receiver, but every other school is recruiting me as an outside linebacker,” said Robinson. “Some are saying, depending on their defense, I could grow in to a hand down on the ground pass rusher. But UCLA and USC strictly are saying standup outside linebacker, where I’ll drop back in to coverage but also rush the quarterback. Same with Ohio State, they like me as a drop back backer. Washington is saying defense first and they would let me do both and Oregon said they would love me standing up too.”
Stanford had offered Robinson and showed a lot of early interest, but Robinson said he’s not heard as much from them of late.
“I met Coach (Mike) Bloomgren after the season but I’m waiting for more contact from them because I’d definitely consider them because of their academics and their program,” said Robinson.
For now, Robinson said no school is standing ahead of the pack.
“Honestly, I’m still pretty wide open at this point,” said Robinson. “Like I said, it all happened so fast and it was such a shock how everything happened so fast that I haven’t really had a chance to think of who my leaders are, so I’m still wide open.”
Robinson doesn’t anticipate making a decision any time in the near future.
“I think I’ll probably wait until Signing Day,” said Robinson. “I’m not making any kind of decision before I take all of my visits and I want to take all five.”
Next weekend, Robinson will be at the Los Angeles The Opening Regional with hopes of keeping Mater Dei’s streak of sending players to The Opening to three years.