Kentucky and Virginia Tech have officially offered Alcoa (TN) tight end/defensive lineman Tyler Robinson , who may be close to receiving another offer next week. If this next offer comes to fruition, the race would seemingly be much tougher for all other programs involved.
Tennessee, Robinson’s childhood favorite, is the program that may offer next week.
“They haven’t offered yet,” said the 6-3 1/2, 255-pound prospect. “They said they probably will when I go back for another camp on the 18th.”
There is no question that Tennessee is significant in this race – “I’ve been a Tennessee fan since I was a little boy,” Robinson said. “I’ve been to every home game since I was seven, eight years old.” – but Robinson doesn’t plan to commit any time soon.
“If [Tennessee] offers then that’s great, but I’m definitely going to check out others,” Robinson said. “I’m going to check out Virginia Tech and other places to see if they feel like home.”
Robinson has never visited Virginia Tech, but he has been impressed with primary recruiter Charley Wiles and knows about Tech’s gridiron success.
“Coach Wiles is one of the nicest people I’ve met and talked to,” Robinson said. “They have a good football team. I’m going to go up in July for their camp.”
Recruited by Virginia Tech as a tight end, Robinson hauled in 39 receptions including 17 touchdowns last season as a junior. He plays defensive end as well for head coach Gary Rankin.
“I’ve been here three years and came when he was a freshman. I could tell then that he had good qualities about him,” said Rankin. “He played some as a freshman. He has played on three straight state champion teams, so he is used to winning. He has garnered a lot of different honors throughout his time here. He was MVP in the state championship game his sophomore year. He was Mr. Football Lineman in Class 2A this year. He is a big, strong kid. I call him country strong.”
Robinson prefers tight end but position will not be a big factor. Tech is recruiting him to play tight end while Kentucky sees him likely playing on the defensive line. Tennessee is recruiting him to play offensive...
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