A year ago, Terrence Robinson was a junior on the sidelines at Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas. Due to transfer rules, Robinson was unable to play high school football as a junior but continued to workout and prepare for his senior season.
All of that hard work paid off this year as his play during his senior season earned the 5'9, 177-pound prospect offers from Wake Forest, Nebraska, Boston College, Michigan, Oregon, and others. Robinson finished 2007 with 2,106 yards rushing and 26 rushing touchdowns this season and also added 14 receiving catches for 250 yards and three touchdown receptions.
"I've been putting a lot of hard work in over the summer and did a whole lot of extra to stay one step ahead of the game," Robinson said. "I'm just very thankful and my season was much more than what I thought due to sitting out my junior year." Robinson was rewarded for his efforts this season as he earned 1st Team All-District, Offensive MVP of the District, 2nd Team All-State, and 1st Team All-Greater Houston by the Houston Chronicle.
"[The awards] mean a lot," said Robinson. "It shows an example to other people coming up behind me that things might not be peaches and cream all the time, but if you stay with it and work hard and never give up, things like that can happen. You should never play to get recognition and awards but it's a plus. If you play because you love it, then you will be able to do well with it."
Robinson's love for the game shows not only on the field, but also off of the gridiron. "I carry a football with me everywhere," he said. "I carry it everywhere I go in my car. Sometimes, I'll strap it in my front seat and buckle it up and everything."
His love of the game has earned him a shot to play college football starting next season at some of the nation's top programs. Although a host of schools offered Robinson, the Spring, Texas native has narrowed his choices down to three schools. "I would have to say it's just Wake Forest, Boston College, and Michigan," Robinson noted.
Michigan joined Robinson's list in recent weeks as Coach Rich Rodriguez offered a scholarship. "I was at the dentist when I got the call from Rich Rodriguez," Robinson said. "I talked to the assistant coach and then Coach Rodriguez and I pretty much know the style of offense they ran at West Virginia. It is the spread with getting guys one-on-one in space. I'm familiar with the system. The other thing that struck me is the tradition. It's the winningest school in the NCAA. There are some guys I know on the team and they had nothing but good things to say about the program.
"We're setting up a visit next weekend," Robinson replied when asked about visiting the Wolverines. "There've been a few other teams in late like Georgia Tech, Virginia, and Iowa State. I'm trying to not make the list any bigger but Michigan is something I want to look at and keep my options open. I want to be 100% and not have doubts. This will definitely be my last visit. I will decide right after that."
Along with newcomer Michigan, Wake Forest and Boston College remain on Robinson's list as they have the past few months. "I know both Wake Forest and Boston College are great academic schools and will provide not a good but a great life after football with that diploma. That's going to play a big part in my decision. They're both well established football programs also."
With signing day just three weeks away, each program is putting the full court press on Robinson. The Texas native has already visited Wake Forest officially and will visit Boston College this weekend and Michigan the week after. Boston College visited his school Monday, Michigan visited Tuesday, and Coach Lambert and Coach Mitchell from Wake Forest will visit on Wednesday. "All three have a lot to offer," Robinson noted. "It will be weighing the pros and cons, sitting down, and going with my heart."
"I would have to say Boston College and Wake are maybe one step ahead right now," he continued, "but that could change with a visit."