April 22, 2008

Ohio State gains ground with Robinson

Eagle Lake (Fla.) Eagle Lake defensive back Marvin Robinson couldn't have had a more productive trip to Ohio State when he visited Columbus for Saturday's Scarlet and Gray game.

The 6-foot-1, 176-pound high school sophomore got the chance to witness the intensity of a 75,000-plus atmosphere, spoke with Terrelle Pryor and head coach Jim Tressel, and even got a verbal offer from the Buckeyes.

Even so, Robinson affirmed that Michigan remains his current No. 1 school.

"I still have Michigan on the top of my list, but (Ohio State) comes next right after Michigan," Robinson said. "I really like how my parents really like Michigan and their good academics. My mom is supposed to come up with me when I go to Ohio (State's) summer camp and then I will be able to compare (the two schools better)."

Robinson admitted that his parents' input toward the schools that he visits is a high priority for him, and their positive opinion in regards to Michigan was part of the reason he thinks so highly of the Wolverines.

The parental guidance means enough to Robinson to where he may find himself reconsidering where has the two schools ranked, depending on the opinion of his parents.

"If my mom says she likes what (Ohio State has to say) about their academics and their environment would make me more eager to go to (Ohio State)," Robinson said.

Robinson, who remains firm on Michigan, didn't take away from the fact that he enjoyed his visit to Columbus in which he took pleasure in watching the spring game and stayed overnight for a tour of the campus and facilities with cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson, whom he said gave him the verbal offer.

Michigan and Ohio State are the only two schools to offer Robinson a scholarship so far in his recruiting process.

"I was really excited to get the offer and it makes me want to try harder and get more offers," Robinson said. "But I was really excited to hear (I had an offer from Ohio State)."

Robinson was particularly impressed with the turnout at the Horseshoe for the spring game, something a number of other recruits were blown away by.

"I was surprised with how many (fans) stayed even though it was raining. I was surprised that it was still a big crowd even in (poor weather)," Robinson said. "I was (expecting) it was going to be a big crowd because it is a highly rated school in sports, but I was really surprised they stayed in the rain."

Robinson really appreciated the kind words he received from Pryor, who had spoken with him before the spring game.

"I appreciated the advice I got from Terrelle Pryor," Robinson said. "He pretty much told me to stay humble at all times, no matter if I make it to the best spot like him or not. He just told me to stay humble."

Perhaps one of the best highlights in Robinsons recruiting process thus far was his opportunity to speak with Tressel, something he said was an "honor."

"(Tressel) basically told me to take my time on the decision I was going to make about what school I was going to go to," Robinson said. "It was a really great (to speak with Tressel. It was a great honor."

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