Boston High School: Steven Daniels

Worcester Acad.'s Robinson commits to UMass

January, 24, 2012
John Robinson (Springfield, Mass./Worcester Academy) became the fifth Worcester Academy player from the Class of 2012 to commit to a Division I school Tuesday when he announced that he has accepted a scholarship to play for the University of Massachusetts.

Robinson was recruited as both a linebacker and a running back, but Worcester Academy coach Dave Dykeman said Robinson will play defense at UMass.

“UMass has been a dream school of mine for a while,” Robinson said. “It's close to home and I've been to a lot of games there. I've always liked the whole feel of UMass. I'm just happy to be a Minuteman right now.”

Robinson, who missed most of his junior season with a torn ACL, also had offers from Albany, Holy Cross, Colgate and Lafayette. He canceled his official visit to Holy Cross this weekend and will take his official to UMass instead.

“The injury is a non issue,” Robinson said. “I'm wrestling right now.”

Wide receiver Canaan Severin (Virginia), linebacker Steven Daniels (Boston College), defensive back Jordan Lucas (Penn State) and linebacker Corey Majors (Villanova) are the other Worcester Academy players expected to sign with Division I programs on national signing day.

Robinson played high school football at Springfield (Mass.) Cathedral before transferring to Worcester Academy.

Worcester's Robinson returning from injury

October, 19, 2011
Roger Brown checks in today on ESPN's East football recruiting blog with Worcester Academy senior running back/linebacker John Robinson, a senior Springfield native who missed most of last season with a torn ACL.

That injury may have played a part in the recruiting process, as he's yet to receive a scholarship offer. Brown writes:

“The injury did make some schools back off, but it feels good,” Robinson said. “They said it won't completely heal for one-and-a-half or two years, but it doesn't hinder me in any way. I'm actually faster now because having the injury made me work out more.”

Robinson said Connecticut and New Hampshire are the schools that have shown the most interest. He has attended a junior day at each school.

“I've also talked to coach [Sean] Devine from BC,” Robinson said. “Stony Brook, UMass, Villanova and Old Dominion are some of the other schools that have contacted my coach. Plus I've talked to Dartmouth.”

Robinson, a senior, repeated his junior year last year. At 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, he's been told he could play either running back or linebacker at the college level.

“I see myself as a defensive player first,” he said. “I like to hit people.”

Robinson has several teammates who have already committed to Division I schools. That group includes wide receiver Canaan Severin (Virginia), linebacker Steven Daniels (Boston College) and linebacker Corey Majors (Villanova).

“That's how I know I'm a Division I player -- because I line up beside these guys every day,” Robinson said. “I'm just waiting so see how things unfold and which school is the right fit for me not only athletically, but academically.

“At first it was hard not to think that the injury would hurt in terms of recruiting, but my coach told me not to worry about anything. He said things will come, and once it comes it'll all come.”

Worcester's Daniels thinking things over?

September, 27, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on his recruiting blog with Worcester Academy linebacker Steven Daniels, who signed a National Letter of Intent with Boston College last February out of St. Xavier (Ohio) High but is pursuing a post-graduate year on the Worcester campus.

But now that he's experiencing New England life on the Worcester campus, Daniels is starting to have second thoughts.

Brown writes:

"I'm committed right now, but I'm not sure," Daniels said after Worcester Academy opened its season by beating Phillips Exeter Academy 40-27 Saturday. "I don't know if I can be this far from home. My mom wants me 10 hours at best from home (by car), and this is like 16. I'm going to talk to my coach about all that, but right now I'm solid to BC."

Daniels played high school football at Cincinnati's St. Xavier High School, the same school that sent linebacker Luke Kuechly to Boston College. Daniels, who was ranked as the No. 21 inside linebacker in the country his senior season, recorded 82 tackles (14 for loss) and seven sacks as a junior, and made 34 tackles for loss and 18 sacks during his final year.

Daniels, who enrolled at Worcester Academy for academic reasons, said his decision came down to two schools: BC and Texas A&M.

"It was neck and neck, then Coach Spaz [BC coach Frank Spaziani] showed up at my house and won me over," Daniels said. "I'm just homesick."

For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school football talent, be sure to check out Brown's ESPN blog.