Sunday, June 10, 2012
Rashard Robinson on the run
By Corey Long
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Defensive back Rashard Robinson (Pompano Beach, Fla./Ely) wasn't going to let the ACT test stop him from participating in Saturday's Heath Evans Foundation seven-on-seven tournament. The 6-foot-2, 161-pound junior arrived at the event in the early afternoon and played three games before his team was eliminated by Miami Booker T. Washington.
"I wanted to join my teammates and help them out in anyway," Robinson said. "Everyone knew I had to take the test, it's very important to my future, but I'm also committed to my teammates."
Robinson said he felt good about his efforts on the test but expects he'll have to take it a second time.
"I thought I did pretty well but I know I can do better," Robinson said. "I hear a lot of people take the test twice so I will probably do that."
Robinson is working harder in the classroom to make the recruiting process even easier. He said he came into the second semester of his junior year with a 2.2 cumulative GPA but had a 3.1 this semester.
"The recruiting process really opened my eyes to how important academics should be in my life," Robinson said. "I had to really rededicate myself to being a student because I don't want to blow this opportunity to better myself and earn a scholarship.
"Now when I'm not on the field competing I'm working on my homework or working with my teachers to put together a plan."
Top programs felt good enough about Robinson's progress to extend offers. His first offer came from Florida State, a school he was not expecting to hear from so early.
"I thought my first offer would come from FIU because they were the only school talking to me," Robinson said. "And they still haven't offered [but] it was a shock to hear from FSU first and then LSU came second."
FSU and LSU were followed by offers from Syracuse, Ole Miss and, most recently, Oklahoma.
"I'm very excited about the Oklahoma offer because it's just a big-time program," Robinson said. "I talked with Coach [Mike] Stoops and he's a real good guy. I can't wait to get up there. They really like what I can do on the field and how I project at the next level."
"Overall, the process has taught me to stay humble and not take anything for granted. Tennessee and Miami are on the verge of offering and it's all a blessing for me."
Robinson will be heading to Tallahassee this week for FSU's camp and heading to LSU and Miami after that. He is also planning trips to Oklahoma, Iowa State and Tennessee.
"I'm just looking for a great campus with good coaches and good people all around," Robinson said. "Everything is trending in a positive direction right now."
Robinson said he's looking at making his final decision on national signing day but it could come sooner.