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Thursday, July 11, 2013
2015 RB Robinson interested in Penn State

By Josh Moyer

During the evaluation period, 2015 tailback Andre Robinson (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) would chat with a different coach every day before rushing home and googling the school on his computer.

Sometimes, three coaches would arrive in one day. Sometimes, just one. But he'd always head to his bedroom and then at least look up the school's offensive style -- how much it rushed the ball -- and how long a coach had stayed at a certain school to gauge his trustworthiness. From there, the tailback who attended the same school as Jameel Poteat, LeSean McCoy and Ricky Watters formed a base of schools he likes -- and Penn State made the cut.

"For sure, I like them a lot," Robinson said. "It's close to home, it has one of the biggest stadiums in college football, I'm kind of a hometown boy -- and it's just a good fit."

Robinson declined to name all the schools that form that "base," but he didn't mind sharing Penn State. He's driven to Happy Valley for several games in the past -- most recently for the April 20 Blue-White Game -- and many of his aunts and uncles aren't shy about their Penn State fandom.

In short, Robinson added, he's interested in the Nittany Lions. And it's clear they're pretty interested in him.

Assistant coach Larry Johnson met with Bishop McDevitt's coach to offer the tailback back in February, on the same afternoon the rising junior headed to Pittsburgh's junior day. Johnson has also continued to remain in touch via Facebook and, when able, by phone.

"Penn State and Pitt are probably after me the hardest," he said. "Rutgers and Maryland, too."

The 5-foot-10, 205-pound prospect already has seven offers to his name -- Boston College, Maryland, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia Tech -- but he's not ready to name a favorite. He plans to take a brief vacation from recruiting this summer before "visiting as many schools as I can in the fall."

He'll visit Virginia Tech later this month, possibly with friend and 2014 commit Andrew Ford (Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff), but those are his only recruiting plans. He wants to focus on getting stronger, completely recovering from a tweaked ankle and showing schools such as Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and those in the SEC that he's a strong, durable back.

"I'm just waiting," he said. "I was getting more interest from schools like Michigan and Tennessee. And, if they continue to show interest, I want to go down there. If I can, I'll definitely pursue that."

Robinson hopes to earn more offers quickly and go on as many visits as possible in the fall because he's hoping to end his recruitment sooner rather than later. By next May or June, he wants to commit somewhere so he can focus on his senior season -- so it's important for him to research schools like that now so he can make an educated decision later.

He's already seen a lot of Happy Valley, but he also wants to at least stop by one more game this season. The Oct. 12 PSU-UM game seemed pretty tempting, and Robinson said he hoped to attend a night game like that.

"The biggest memory I have about Penn State is a past 'White Out' against Michigan when they had Denard Robinson," Andre Robinson said. "I love the night games they play and I like them a lot, so I want to get up there as much as I can."