February 16, 2009

Far from a done deal for Robinson

While it is still fairly early in the recruiting process for Eagle Lake (Fla.) Lake Region defensive back Marvin Robinson, there is plenty of talk that the junior is favoring Michigan quite a bit.

The talk turned out to be premature.

Robinson did affirm that Michigan is a school that he will look closer at as time progresses, but the defensive back who sits in the Rivals.com 250 said the process is far from over.

"Right now, everything for me is pretty wide open," Robinson said.

After all, it must be fairly difficult for Robinson to make any quick decisions given he has offers from about schools, including Ohio State, USC, Tennessee, UCLA, Florida, Boston College, North Carolina, and South Florida.

It will by no means be an easy decision to make, but Robinson is just enjoying the process.

"I feel like it is going really good. I have had a good time getting to know all the different coaches and seeing all the different places and different schools," Robinson said of his recruitment process. "The whole (recruiting process) is really good."

Though Robinson wouldn't go as far as to name Michigan as the leader of the pack, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back has a top four.

"My top schools right now are South Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, and North Carolina," Robinson said. "Those would be my top four."

Robinson made it clear that he hasn't favored any of the aforementioned schools. Instead, he is focusing on building relationships with the coaches while sizing up what will be the best place for him.

In doing so, Robinson has built a fairly strong relationship with Ohio State cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson.

"When he came down to one of my practices we spoke and we built a relationship when I went there for the spring game," Robinson said. "Since then it has gotten stronger. We talk over e-mail and sometimes I call him, so the relationship has grown quite a bit."

"We talk about how things are going and everything," added Robinson, who posted 70 tackles and four interceptions in his junior season. "He tells me about all sorts of stuff and how I can come out and play for them and the different things I can do on the defensive side of the ball."

Robinson had some good things say about the Buckeyes.

"Their football tradition is great," Robinson said. "They have great fans and I have a great relationship with Coach Taver (Johnson)."

With hopes of graduating early and enrolling at a school before spring drills, Robinson has had a very busy schedule. Aside from normal school, Robinson has been a valued part of his school's track team and has been taking night classes to graduate early.

It may seem that early enrollment would be a factor in terms of a time frame to make a decision, but Robinson plans on taking his time and narrowing it down on his own schedule.

"The most important thing is to find the best fit for me and where I think I can stay at and play with guys for three or four years," Robinson said. "I want to go somewhere that is going to give me a good degree just in case I get hurt and I want to go to a place with good coaches."

Ari Wasserman is a staff writer for BuckeyeGrove.com. He can be reached at [email protected].

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