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.”