Big Offensive Guard Visits USC

Some of the top high school football prospects from California were roaming the sidelines during the Trojan's spring scrimmage at the Coliseum on Saturday (4/7). Some have already verbally committed to USC, like D.J. Shoemate, Matt Kailil, Matt Meyer, Wes Horton and Moody McNeal, but there was one prospect who physically stood out more than the other uncommitted prospects (2008) at the scrimmage.

His name is James Robinson.

Robinson is a 6-4 and 315 pound offensive guard from Salesian High in Richmond, CA. He visited USC on Friday to learn more about the school, specifically, the Marshall School of Business.

"It was great and I had so much fun," Robinson said of the USC scrimmage. "I was highly impressed by the school, too. I loved it. I like that USC is a smaller campus. I like the less crowded campuses and it's easier to talk to the professors, and getting to know the players is easier.

Saturday was an opportunity to see the Trojans in action at the Coliseum and he liked what he saw.

"I love that they have great team chemistry and there's a lot of energy about them," Robinson said. "That's one of the things I really like about them (USC). I would really like to play for USC."

After the scrimmage, Robinson spent considerable time chatting with the USC's offensive line coach, Pat Ruel, and Pete Carroll.

"I love Coach (Pat) Ruel," Robinson said. "He's a very funny person and I had fun with him. "Coach Caroll is a great coach--I loved him. He's energetic, comfortable to talk to and he made me feel very welcome at USC.

"So far, they want me to take the SAT, keep my work up in school and come to their camps this summer."

Robinson wasn't a prospect we had heard much about, but USC has known about him for quite some time.

"They (USC) came out to a game to see Jahvid (Best) play and Coach Carroll saw me. and said he was interested," Robinson said. "So, I talked to him a little bit and that's when they started recruiting me."

USC is one of seven schools recruiting Robinson.

"USC, Cal, Nebraska, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington are all recruiting me," Robinson said. "I'd say, out of those schools, I like USC, Cal and Oregon.

"Cal is close to home and it's easier for my family to get to. I haven't really talked much with Oregon, but I've met the coach (Mike Bellotti) a couple of times and he seemed really interested in me."

Robinson was strictly a basketball player until his sophomore season. He explained to WeAreSC how his football career began.

"The coaches of the football team came up to me and they were telling me I was really big, and would have a future in football," Robinson said. "I really didn't want to play because I loved basketball and that was my main sport. So, they told me I should give it a try. I played one week with the JV team and then I moved up to varsity. I did well on the varsity team and ended up starting in the championship game—and we won."

He didn't play basketball last season, but Robinson said there's a possibility he could in 2007/2008.

"I'm thinking about playing basketball next year to drop some weight, but I'm not sure yet," Robinson said. "I also do shot-put and discus, but my future is definitely brighter as a football player. I'm going to stick with football."

Robinson said he plans to attend a camp at USC in June and the April 28 Scout.com All-American Combine in San Francisco.


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