Thursday, January 17, 2013
Several PSU commits gear up for visits
By Josh Moyer
Several Penn State commits plan to make trips this weekend to Happy Valley -- including one pledge who has never stepped foot in Pennsylvania.
Three-star safety Neiko Robinson (Bratt, Fla./Northview) has relaxed in front of his computer, cycling through images of the campus, but he hasn't been to Happy Valley. In some ways, he's still not sure what to expect.
He'll leave early Friday morning for State College, and defensive end Garrett Sickels is expected to join him on an official visit. Brendan Mahon also confirmed in a text message he'll be there for an unofficial visit, while Christian Hackenberg said he's still considering making the five-hour drive.
Those last three have been to Penn State multiple times. But for Robinson, the visit is much more significant.
"Honestly, I just want to see the college," he said Wednesday night. "I've never seen it before; the only thing I've seen is pictures."
The 6-foot, 162-pound prospect who committed June 4 said he's basically a country boy. He has eaten squirrel, something not unheard of in parts of Pennsylvania, and he hopes the campus feels like home.
But, when Robinson first steps foot inside University Park, he doesn't want to head straight to the weight room or the football building, or even the academics buildings. All that can wait; he's most curious about one particular element.
"Honestly, I want to see the stadium," he said. "I've got to see it because everybody tells me about it, saying, 'It's huge, it's huge, it's huge.' Minnesota's nice, Florida State's even nicer, and I'm just trying to picture in my head what 100,000 is like if this is Florida State. So I want to see that stadium first."
Robinson said he'll leave early Sunday morning, probably about 8 a.m. ET, and he's committed to Penn State no matter what. ("I ain't going nowhere," he said.) He's looking forward to speaking with the coaches, because he previously spoke mainly with ex-defensive coordinator Ted Roof.
Friday can't seem to come fast enough.
"I was kind of disappointed I didn't get up to go see a game there," he said. "But I guess I'm going to play in it."