March 9, 2011

Alexander Robinson looking forward to Raleigh trip

Bowie (Md.) defensive end Alexander Robinson is still searching for his first scholarship offer, but has plenty of time to pick up verbal invitations. Several colleges are already in hot pursuit of the big man with impressive speed, who currently checks in at 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds. The prep standout, who also plays some tight end for the Bulldogs, has clocked a 4.7-second 40-yard dash.

Robinson recently wrapped up his junior year on the basketball hardwood, with his team advancing to the regional semifinals, and is turning his focus back to the gridiron. NC State defensive line coach Keith Willis recently made the trip to see the youngster at his school and the former professional definitely left an impression.

"At first I didn't really know much about it, but coach Willis came down to school and started talking to me about it," he said. "I found out they run a good rotation [on the defensive line], they have good support and everything like that. It kind of caught my interest a little bit."

Although he grew up cheering for Miami, Robinson claims to be open to all suitors right now; but there are three schools that have started to distance themselves from the competition.

"They're all kind of the same right now," he said. "My main three are NC State, Iowa and Penn State.

"I'm definitely coming down for the Kay Yow Spring Game and I want to come down [to NC State] for one more spring practice, sometime in March. Hopefully NC State will be my first [offer], I just get a feeling from coach Willis."

Robinson will also be camping at Miami this summer, hoping to earn an offer from his childhood favorites. He is also planning to camp in Raleigh, in addition to swinging by Iowa and Penn State in the near future. The Nittany Lions may be looking at the junior as an outside linebacker, where he has a little bit of prep experience, while everybody else wants him as a defensive end.

"I plan on making a commitment before my senior year," he said. "That way I can get it out of the way and I don't have to worry about it."

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