Robinson Puts Recruiting on Hold

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Recruiting has taken a backseat for Alcoa (TN) tight end/defensive end Tyler Robinson , who is now focused on finishing out his high school career in style. The 6-3 1/2, 255-pound senior, Class 2A Mr. Football lineman in Tennessee last season, looks to help Alcoa capture its sixth straight 2A state title.

“I haven’t heard anything from him about colleges or anything,” Alcoa head coach Gary Rankin said. “I think he’s going to worry about that after the season is over.”

Alcoa kicked off its 2009 season in fine fashion last week, defeating Bell County out of Kentucky 42-14. The Tornadoes take on Class 4A reigning state champion Maryville High School tonight. Last season, Maryville was the only team to defeat Coach Rankin’s squad, which finished 14-1.

Robinson, a talented prospect on both sides of the ball, played well in the 2009 season opener.

“He had a good game defensively,” Rankin said. “He’s looking good so far this season. He had a good first game.”

Hauling in 39 receptions including 17 touchdowns last season, Robinson is drawing looks at tight end from some college coaches. Some say interior offensive line and others say defensive line. He tallied 93 tackles with 10 sacks at defensive end last season.

Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State and Virginia Tech are the only three offers for Robinson, who is also drawing interest from childhood favorite Tennessee, among others.

“I think Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky and others are still interested in Tyler,” Rankin said. “We’ve been so busy here, getting ready for the season, that I haven’t had a chance to talk to him about recruiting recently.”

Robinson was impressed with his first and only visit to Virginia Tech. The experience was Tech’s July 11th camp, and the talented prospect had a chance to speak with Coach Frank Beamer and primary recruiter Charley Wiles.

“Me, Coach Wiles, my dad and Coach Beamer talked for about 25 minutes,” Robinson said days after the camp. “They told me I did a good job at camp. They had me lined up at tight end.

“I liked it there. It was nice up there.”

Tennessee would likely be the big favorite should an offer come, but at this point nothing appears imminent. Robinson indicated last month that he would like to take official visits before