Top Target: ILB Lamont Robinson

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Salem (NJ) linebacker Lamont Robinson is one of the top linebackers in the country for good reason. Before his high school career even began, Robinson decided he not only wanted to be one of the best linebackers in the country by the time he graduated high school, but that he wanted to be one of the top overall players in the country.

“Coming into my freshman year in High School, I knew I was going to a small school so I’d have a chance to play on varsity right away,” Robinson said. “So Monday thru Saturday I was in the weight room, and I was in there twice a day on Monday’s, Wednesday’s, and Friday’s. When I was only in the weight room once I’d be in there for at least two hours, and that doesn’t count my running which took one hour at least. I jumped at every opportunity to work out. I went 100 percent in practice. I went to two or three camps per summer. There are 50 states, and I didn’t just want to be the best linebacker in the country, I wanted to be the best player in the country.”

With 26 scholarship offers in hand, the 6-2, 225 pound inside linebacker prospect has become one of the top targets in the country. Perennial powers from across the country – including Oklahoma, Miami, and Ohio State – have extended scholarship offers.

“It’s definitely an honor for me to be considered one of the top prospects out there,” Robinson said. “It really shows the amount of work and sacrifice I’ve put into this is paying off. This outweighs the stuff I may have missed out on. I know what my goals are and it’s an honor to be there.”

Salem Head Coach Dave Lindenmuth has seen Robinson develop over the past three seasons into the player he is today. Lindenmuth calls his star “a natural inside linebacker. He has great instincts, agility, and footwork. He’s played varsity for three years and has been a captain for two years. He’ll be a captain again next season. He is the type of person that demands attention in the locker room.”

This Spring, Robinson had a chance to visit several schools including UVa. He has also been to Syracuse and Penn State in previous years for summer camps and has visited Boston College, Maryland, and Rutgers as well. These visits gave Robinson a better feel for each of these programs. When it comes time to make official visits, Robinson says he would likely consider more schools than just the ones he’s officially visiting.