April 15, 2008

Robinson set for OSU spring game

Terelle Pryor won't be the last recruit Ohio State and Michigan will battle over, but the two schools may need to wait a while for the latest one to make his decision.

Eagle Lake (Fla.) Lake Region defensive back Marvin Robinson, currently a sophomore, said the top-two schools he currently could see himself attending are Ohio State and Michigan.

Michigan, however, is the only school that has currently extended a verbal offer his way, thus putting the Wolverines on the top of his list. Robinson added that if Ohio State were to give him an offer, they would make his top two.

"I could see myself going to Michigan," Robinson said. "Basically, seeing how good their academics (were) really caught my attention. That is really my No. 1 concern, and then next would be how well (the coaches can prepare you) to be an NFL player."

The 6-foot-1, 176-pount safety, however, said he is far from making a decision and is scheduled to visit Ohio State's spring game (Scarlet and Gray) with his high school head coach Steve Reynolds and his parents.

Robinson said he is scheduled to meet with Buckeyes' cornerback coach Taver Johnson at the spring game and give him a tour of the campus once the game is over. Robinson added that he might have the opportunity to speak with head coach Jim Tressel as well.

The spring game will be Robinson's first time visiting Ohio State.

"When I go, I really want to meet the recruits that they are recruiting right now, the '09 class, and talk to them and ask them what they think about (Ohio State) and what made them want to sign," Robinson said.

Robinson participated in the final NIKE camp in Gainesville, Fla., this past weekend, and was named the top defensive back of the day despite being the only player from the class of 2010.

The cornerback did a good job of displaying his jam strength at the line of scrimmage while showing he had the capability to make up for his mistakes with his immense speed.

"The first NIKE camp I went to in Tallahassee (Fla.) it was my first time, so I had a lot to learn," Robinson said. "I took the stuff home, the ideas and the drills, and I practiced them at home which made me better for this camp. It feels good to know that I was named the defensive back MVP."

Florida has always been fertile recruiting ground for college football players, particularly in the Big Ten Conference and Robinson felt there were various viable reasons for that occurrence, particularly at Ohio State.

"Players that go to Ohio State have good careers there and then end up having good careers in the NFL and that is something I like," Robinson said.

Robinson said it was too early to say Ohio State and Michigan are his final two choices, which would possibly even add more to the rivalry, as he is still considering his options from other schools that are showing interest and he is sure to come across a plethora of other offers as his high school career progresses. As of now, Robinson has drawn other interest from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, and Oregon.

"I am just taking my time," Robinson said. "I am still planning on taking visits to other schools and going to their camps."

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