Rashard Robinson grew up watching Patrick Peterson and Avery Johnson make plays in the Blanche Ely…
Summer update: Rashard Robinson
There were campus tours, a look at the academic center, a stop by the off-campus housing, time in the weight room and then the two most important – and memorable – parts of his unofficial visit.
"The two things I wanted to see were Mike the Tiger and the Tiger Stadium locker room." said Robinson, a rising senior at Blanche Ely High in Pompano Beach, Fla.
First things, first, the 6-foot-2¾, 165-pound 3-star cornerback liked what he saw on his tour.
"With the facilities and everything they showed me, wow," Robinson said. "That made a pretty good impression on me," he said. "I saw where they give us academic tools and it was pretty organized when it comes down to that. For me, school comes first and the coaches told me they stay on top of you because that's really important to them, too."
But the best was at the last.
Robinson said he had heard all about LSU's massive live mascot and that piqued his interest.
The desire to visit the locker room is pretty self-explanatory.
"It was cool when we went to see Mike," Robinson said. That's a big tiger.
"Then when we went down the field and walked into the game-day locker room, I got a shiver up my spine. I could definitely picture myself playing there in that situation."
That possibility is certainly in play after LSU extended a scholarship offer in April soon after Corey Raymond visited Robinson at Ely.
The Tigers were the second big-time program to jump in, following in-state Florida State. Since then, Robinson has emerged as a national recruit and he said his primary group of interest includes LSU, FSU, Miami, Oklahoma, Arkansas, West Virginia and Ole Miss.
"You can tell that's a great place to be. It's a great college town and a great place to play college football. "I've got a scholarship offer, but I haven't committed. LSU is very high on the list for me, but my final decision isn't going to come until closer to (National Signing Day)."
Until then, Robinson has work to do.
He said he wants to add 10-15 pounds to his frame and focus on his fundamentals and footwork, things that he focused on at LSU's camp.
One area that Robinson doesn't have to polish is raw speed. He was clocked at 4.26 (hand-held) in the 40-yard dash last spring.
FOXSportsNEXT.com Florida-based recruiting analyst Geoff Voght wrote of Robinson last month:
"He is not just a player that can run however. He has smooth hips and plus change-of-direction skills. Robinson has consistently shown that ‘South Florida swagger' as he is not afraid of competition – in fact he clearly relishes the opportunity to prove himself. We project Robinson to be an outside corner that is capable of matching up with the bigger receivers in today's game. He is lean, particularly in the lower body, but that lean frame masks a strong upper body and there is no question to his physicality. He can play man coverage or drop into zone."
While it's no secret the Tigers are very much in the mix, it doesn't hurt to have some inside help as well.
Ely is the same high school that sent Patrick Peterson and younger brother Avery Johnson to LSU.
"It helps to come from Ely, because the LSU coaches have known who I was for a while," Robinson said. "Patrick set the bar pretty high. He came from Ely and has done great things, and now Avery is another great athlete about to play there. Avery is a beast as a receiver. He's fast, he has great hands, he fights off the line of scrimmage real well and is just a great athlete."
TigerSportsDigest.com Recommended Stories
Dr. Roto Video: Week 12 Injury Report
Dr. Roto highlights the injuries from three games: Denver @ Miami, Arizona @ Seattle and Houston @ Cincinnati. One recommendation is to definitely start Houston Texans RB Alfred Blue (pictured above)…Read More
What, and Who, to Watch
O'Malley's weekly six-pack of questions entering Saturday's showdown with Louisville in South Bend.Read More
Peterson speaks: Fresh start might be best
Adrian Peterson said he knows Vikings players and coaches love him, but there are people “internally” that haven’t been supporting him.Read More
5 NFL Games that Got Cancelled by Weather
It snowed again in Buffalo, blanketing the city and, more importantly for our purposes, Ralph Wilson Stadium in 8 feet of snow. The NFL just announced that Sunday's Bills-Jets game is bugging out.…Read More
Apache Administers Death to Taliban (VIDEO)
The Apache helicopter is one of the most famed and efficient killing machines in the U.S Army. Get the skinny on this 'steel dragon' and watch what one does to a platoon of Taliban fighters in…Read More