Robinson Making Remarkable Recovery

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While most recruits were busy preparing for their senior season’s, participating in camps or visiting college campuses, Lamont Robinson was recovering from a potentially devastating experience. Shortly after announcing his commitment to the University of Virginia, Robinson was involved in a car accident that resulted in serious injuries to the neck and back.

Thankfully, he is almost fully recovered.

“I had car accident and I broke bones in my back and neck,” Robinson said. “The summer went by real well. I healed up and just got my release to get back working out. I broke 2 vertebras, so I needed fusion surgery. The doctor was the team physician for the N.Y. Jets and Giants, and that was his specialty. Athletically-related, I’m right up there now and ready to go. It’s not going to hurt my football career at all.”

An up-beat personality, Robinson sees the experience as a positive.

“When I was in the hospital after the car accident, that was one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to deal with,” Robinson said. “But that’s how things were supposed to be. I had a chance to spend a lot more time with my grandfather and grandma, so it turned out to be a great summer. I know how important family really is. It was really a reality check. I’m thankful for what I have, and I’m focusing on my future.”

Shortly after the accident, Robinson’s Head Coach Dave Lindenmuth received phone calls from many college coaches passing along best wishes to Lamont for a speedy recovery. Of course UVa was one of those schools, and they expressed their full support.

“Everybody from Virginia, first and foremost, was concerned about my health,” Robinson said. “They told my coach that they stood behind me. They weren’t worried about football…they were only worried about my health. They told my coach that, even if I couldn’t play this year, they’d still be behind me and I’d still have a scholarship. They just said they were happy everything was going well.”

Virginia called their star recruit on September 1st to continue expressing their best wishes. Robinson also received calls from other schools as well. He expressed an interest in making official visits to other schools besides Virginia at the time he committed, and appears to have the same interest today.

When asked if he still considered himself a Virginia commitment, Robinson