May 12, 2010

Marvin Robinson to join Wolverines by June 1

When four-star Marvin Robinson signed with the Wolverines back in February, he stood in at 6-2, 195 pounds. In the months that have passed, he's shaped his body some while also studying up on a new position - the bandit - that will signal the start of his college career …

Robinson will arrive in Ann Arbor earlier than many of his classmates; he is set to complete high school May 27 and won't waste much time in Florida, informing he intends to join the Maize and Blue by the end of the month.

"I'm looking forward to getting up there to train with [strength and conditioning coach] Mike Barwis because I've been doing a lot of what they want on my own and it will help to have him right there during workouts," Robinson said. "I just want to be up there with the team, practicing and training with the guys in summer workouts."

Michigan's summer term begins June 30 and runs through Aug. 20. Robinson intends to enroll in school for a class or two, promising he's all squared away academically.

"Everything is in order for me to graduate and to go to Michigan," he said.

Robinson is now up to 198 pounds, putting on three pounds. But he actually had bulked up to over 200 pounds and dropped a few.

"They told me they liked me right around where I am now but they didn't want me to get any bigger because they see me at the strong safety position, the bandit," he said.

Robinson attended Michigan's spring game and paid careful attention to the bandit role occupied by redshirt sophomore Jordan Kovacs. He knows there is an opportunity to compete for playing time right away at a position that includes very little experience other than Kovacs; redshirt sophomore Floyd Simmons and sophomore Teric Jones are also competing there.

"The coaches said they'll try me at all three safety spots to see where I fit but they think I'd do well at the bandit and that if I have a great summer and camp that I could play some sort of role," said Robinson. "They see me blitzing, dropping into coverage and really just roaming around the field to get to the ball."

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