Heading into his unofficial visit to UVa this past weekend, Salem (NJ) inside linebacker Lamont Robinson had been considering making visits to other schools. So did the visit change anything for one of UVa’s top commitments for the 2005 recruiting class?
“It definitely changed a lot,” Robinson said. “Going down there, being a part of the atmosphere and developing my relationships with the coaches and the players more made me feel more confident in my decision. Just being there and seeing how I fit in made me confident in my decision. I’d say I’m not really considering other schools anymore.”
Robinson made the visit with his mother. They stayed overnight so Lamont could show her around.
“She loved it,” Robinson said. “It was like love at first sight. She said it was everything plus peaches and cream for her. She had a real good feeling about the coaches and the players and the people in the stadium. She was impressed with how nice the people were…and not just the people in the football program. She said she definitely felt comfortable with me being there and only 4 hours away.”
One of the big things for Lamont in this recruiting process is developing relationships with the coaches and players. He spoke with several players, including one he may end up learning from next year.
“Ahmad Brooks – I got to see him,” Robinson said. “I talked to Wali Lundy and then I talked to Chris Gorham, who’s a true freshman there. I learned so much when I did research on the school back in May and I’ve gotten all of my questions answered. Now I’m done with the question asking and I’m working on developing relationships. I want to feel like I fit in before I get there for good. I feel like I’m a great fit. I’m getting a stronger and stronger bond with the players and coaches every time I go.”
Head Coach Al Groh, Quarterbacks Coach Mike Groh and Defensive Coordinator Al Golden all met with Robinson following the game.
“I talked to both Groh’s and Coach Golden,” Robinson said. “They said they were just happy to get me down there. They asked if I was doing well. It was more small talk, but the more I see and talk to them the better our relationship is going to be. My relationship is good with the coaches. And the fans were great. There were some fans I’d never seen before calling my name before I went into the locker room. They knew who I was, and that was definitely nice.”
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