Hello: Marvin Robinson

Submitted by Brian on April 17th, 2009 at 1:16 PM

At long last, FL S Marvin Robinson has committed to Michigan. Informative update coming.

Informative Update: That's right, kids: omg shirtless.

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GURU RATINGS & CHATTER

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4*, #14 S, #147 overall 4*, #99 overall 150 watch list

Marvin Robinson has been on Michigan fans' radar so long that people were worried the transition from Carr to Rodriguez would hurt Michigan's standing in his recruitment. His name first popped up after his freshman year of high school, when he attended Michigan's summer camp and was so ridiculously impressive he picked up an offer. Robinson was equally impressed with Michigan, naming M his leader early and late before finally announcing what he'd told the coaches at least as early as the Michigan State game last year: he's committed.

Michigan fans were ready to proclaim Robinson their big five-star catch whenever Robinson's commitment became official, but as you can see above… eh… not so much. Robinson's rankings were the most disappointing amongst a wide array of disappointments when they were announced. It's hard to see how he can go from this

On defense, there's no question after seeing Marvin Robinson of Eagle Lake (Fla.) Lake Region on Saturday and Sunday that he's going to be one of the best in the 2010 class. He made big play after big play in drills and then in one-on-one battles. He was the one guy who was consistently able to hang with both the physical and speedy backs in the camp.

…to this from another camp where he was a rising junior competing against seniors…

"Marvin Robinson has a lot of upside to him as far as his strength and motor," said defensive backs coach Eugene Jackson. "He was the best out there and he's very coachable."

Lining up at safety, Robinson asserted himself in one-on-ones and was one of the more physically imposing defensive backs.

…to the #5 rising junior in Florida to the offers you'll see in the next section to "eh, bottom of the top 100." About the only thing I can find that would point to a drop is the 4.6 40 time listed on his Scout profile and at ESPN.

One thing to watch is a potential move to linebacker. Another evaluation from that same camp from Rivals' Barry Every:

6-2, 205, OLB Eagle Lake (FL) Lake Region 2010
Assets: Has a tremendous burst and excellent ball skills.
What was most impressive at camp: For a guy who is making the change from safety to linebacker, he sure looked a natural.
Areas for improvement: He just needs to get reps at his new position because all the tools are there.
On the Hoof: Has good height, long arms and wide shoulders. Robinson's frame will fill out and enable him to play all three linebacker positions.

Robinson could be ticketed for this LB/SS hybrid spot. ESPN's strangely muted scouting report—I'm used to them saying things like "Isaiah Bell melts iron with his mind!"—mentions position versatility:

Robinson is a valuable athlete that rarely comes off the field. He is one of those athletes that may not be great at any one thing but is good at everything. He has good size both in terms of height and weight. Plays multiple positions and is a very talented skilled athlete. As a safety plays the fee safety poison well and doesn't get fooled on play action passes. Intelligent center fielder that recognizes combination routes and reacts accordingly.

Maybe he's great at being awesome, huh, ESPN? Did you ever think of that?

OFFERS

This article was published in June, ten months ago, before Robinson's junior year:

Robinson, who has been the top-safety prospect at two camps this summer, received his first offer from Michigan, then Ohio State offered and at the end of the May evaluation period, USC and Florida offered him a scholarship.

Tennessee had also thrown their hat in the ring by then. So: offers from Michigan, Ohio State, USC, and Florida before his junior year of high school. When he was 15! Damn.

If it matters, further offers came from BC, UCLA, Purdue, Nebraska, UNC, Clemson, and so forth and so on.

STATS

Robinson's junior season was fruitful, and multiplied:

Marvin Robinson, the 6-foot-1, 204 pound four-star safety from Lake Region High School in Eagle Lake, Fla., finished his junior season with 98 tackles, four interceptions, four blocked punts and two fumbles caused. He also had five touchdowns on offense with three rushing scores and two receiving.

FAKE 40 TIME

As mentioned above, Robinson's 40 times are in the realistic for humans range and this may explain his unexpectedly low rankings.

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PREDICTION BASED ON FLIMSY EVIDENCE

Robinson is good and should show up college-ready after four years of starting and all those early offers. He'll be physically ready and about as mentally prepped as you can be as a true freshman; he, I believe, is also planning on an early enrollment. If he's going to step directly into the starting lineup, though, it's probably not going to be in the secondary, where Michigan currently has no seniors. People seem to want to move him to linebacker, and Michigan's got this new LB/SS hybrid thing Robinson might be good at. The tentative projection here is that he moves to that spot and is in a battle for the starting job immediately, pending Michigan picking up a couple of quality safety recruits to go with him.

As for his ratings: it'll be interesting to see what happens with them. It's possible he was just an early bloomer who got college ready super fast and has a lower ceiling than true five star sorts. It's also possible the recruiting sites are overrating a couple of 40 times to their detriment. I assume he'll end up at an all star game or two; the results will be interesting.

UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS

It doesn't really matter whether Robinson is a safety or a linebacker because Michigan would take either yes please thanks much. Given the depth in the secondary, where a true freshman starts at safety next to a converted cornerback and a redshirt freshman walk-on is on the two-deep at corner until the instant Justin Turner enrolls, this will slow Michigan's pursuit of other defensive backs in no way whatsoever.

There are at least three slots left for defensive backs and if they took five more I'd be okay with it. The good news is they've got a lot of excellent options heavily favoring them. Michigan is the public, heavy leader for PA CB Cullen Christian and FL CB Lo Wood, either of whom could drop at any time. MI CB Dior Mathis hasn't been as explicit but is also widely expected to end up at M, and then there's an array of other targets like FL CB Spencer Boyd and PA CB Brandon Ifill, Christian's teammate. Robinson's commit looks to be the first in a parade of four-star secondary commits over the next couple months.

OTHER GUY NAMED MARVIN ROBINSON

Former Derby County striker jailed in 2000 for headbutting a woman now toiling in the Blue Square North, which is… uh… let's count… the sixth level of English footie. Life's been eventful:

His list of clubs, including a spell at Walsall, reads like a gazetteer of English soccer and he has suffered two broken legs and damaged his lungs.

Now, ten years on from that memorable Highbury debut, Big Marv has replaced the Premiership with the more mundane surroundings of the Blue Square North and home is now Redditch United’s Valley Stadium.

Congrats, Walsall: for some reason you're the club picked out to highlight Robinson's hard-luck life. Random biographical note that may sully your opinion of me but isn't as bad as Magic: The Gathering: I took Redditch to Champions League glory in Football Manager a couple years back.

Etc.: Gator Country "couldn't see him leaving the state" in September, when M was the heavy leader. Oops. TomVH interviewed Robinson in October; a more recent camp report.

Comments

J. Lichty

April 17th, 2009 at 3:05 PM ^

Paulus jabbering with some real news. Sounds like he is woefully underrated by the services and is the type of physical player we need.

Nice to have some height back in the secondary with Turner and Robinson too.

This year will still be a little painful, but I am still very optimistic about the future.

big gay heart

April 17th, 2009 at 3:35 PM ^

I love their recruiting news in the post Brian linked:

Cornerback Lo Wood (5-10, 170, Apopka) didn’t really start to look at Florida until after Friday Night Lights. He had Auburn as his No. 1 school but fell in love with Florida after FNL. Truth be told, if he had an offer at FNL he would have committed.

Linebacker-safety Marvin Robinson (6-1, 210, Eagle Lake Lake Region) had a great time, and as we’ve been saying for awhile, we don’t expect him to leave the state. His mom will follow him wherever he decides to go and we were told by a close source that he can’t see them leaving the state. Robinson’s coach is an Ohio State fan but wants him to stay in state so he could see him play more.

Wide receivers Ricardo Miller (6-2½, 203, Orlando Dr. Phillips). Florida moved up Miller’s list but he wants to see a Michigan game to compare the experience. We feel that Michigan leads but this situation looks a lot better than it did a couple of weeks ago.

B Ready

April 17th, 2009 at 3:43 PM ^

Barring injury, I think he is as sure-thing of a prospect as we are going to land this year. 3-4 year starter at that hybrid position imo.

arod

April 17th, 2009 at 4:10 PM ^

SO WHAT DOZ HE THINK OF GERG PAULUS PLAYING QUARTERBACKS IN SPECIAL MAIZE AND POWDER BLUE NIGHT-GAME-ONLY UNIFORMS IN A NIGHT GAME THAT IS TELEVIZZZED ONLY ON THE INTERWEBS BECAUSE IT IS SO LATE AT NIGHT THAT I COULD BE SO DRUNK AND INTIMATING TO THE OTHER TEAM AND INTIMATE WITH MOTHERZ TOO LOLZ!!!!???

AND BY GAWD, KING, WHAT DOES THIS SOUTH FLORIDA HOSS THINK ABOUT THE PLAYING AS THE SPINAROONI!! SPINAROONI!! OH LORD ALMIGHTY AS A SPINAROONI HE MIGHT BREAK SOMEONE IN HALF IN THE SECOND HALF RIGHT AFTER BUSINESS PICKED UP!! HE LOOKS LIKE HE IS QUICKER THAN A HICCUP WITH EDUCATED FEET AND MACHINE-LIKE PISTON-LIKE RIGHT HANDS AND HE IS DAMN SURE READY FOR THE SLOBBERKNOCKER THAT IS BIG TEN FOOTBALL!!

mrider

April 17th, 2009 at 7:52 PM ^

I love the bias of that Gator link. For Lo Wood they didn't even mention Michigan, and the Ricardo blurb was funny. Are we that bias when talking about recruits?