Scout's Take…Matt Robinson

Scout's Take…Matt Robinson

Scout.com looks at 2010 WR/DB Matt Robinson from Atholton High School in Columbia, MD. The highly regarded two-way standout committed to Maryland back at the end of June. Since then he has focused on the season and mid-way through is putting up big numbers and his team is undefeated.

Matt Robinson is one of the best athletes in the area. He has all the athletic measurables college coaches covet. Robinson stands 6'4" and weighs 210 lbs and runs the forty in 4.6 seconds. He has big time versatility and potential. Not only has he played several positions in high school but he could line up at several for the Terps as well. Slated to start off on the offensive side of the ball at Maryland, Robinson is also a great defender. Maryland needs to keep these rare athletes in state and they kept a very good one in Robinson.

There were factors that led to Robinson flying under the recruiting radar of most teams including Maryland until this past offseason. Robinson has been part of one of the better basketball programs in the state. He also played (AAU) basketball during the spring and summer. This prevented him from doing the football camp and combine circuit. It may have slowed the recruiting process but not his ability or performance. Despite playing both sports at a high level he was so highly regarded as a football player that he received All-State and All-County recognition on both offense and defense his junior year. High praise especially considering his high school only won three games. After the winter high school basketball season (he was also All-County in basketball) and another Howard County Championship Robinson turned his focus to football. After attending some events he made his way onto the Maryland campus for a camp there and earned his offer. Maryland assured Robinson if he ran and showed well he would gain the offer. He did and they came through and a week later Robinson committed.

Robinson is the epitome of versatility. He can play wide receiver or bulk up to an h-back/tight end. He can play safety or bulk up to play outside linebacker or defensive end. He has a big frame and plenty of room to grow. Because of his height and jumping ability he can play the ball at a higher point than most. Regardless if he is on offense or defense it is a big advantage. On offense, he has good speed and can make defenders miss. He has very good hands and will make the tough catch in traffic. On defense, he is a very physical player and is hard to block. He pursues well and has good anticipation. Overall he needs to work on his strength but that will come with his attention on excelling in football. He will also need to settle at one position and develop as a college player. He is a mismatch for most high school players but college is different. He should play on special teams right away and depending on the position he ends up at he should be able to contribute as a starter for a couple years.

It takes a lot to perform at a high level in two sports. Robinson's potential is through the roof when you consider he is now focusing all his efforts on football. That potential is showing again on the field this season. Robinson has led his team to a 6-0 start after a 3 win season last year. Through 6 games this season he has 28 receptions for 512 yards and 5 touchdowns. He has also added 50 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, a sack and a fumble recovery for a touchdown on defense.

Robinson is a huge get for Maryland. Don't judge him by name recognition or offers. Maryland ended his recruiting early before others were coming. Maryland is doing the right thing which is finding the players that fit their program and not letting them get away. They are winning players over early and getting them committed to the program. A staff knows what is best for their program. There may be more visible or higher profile players than Robinson but there is not a better "big" athlete in the state. The Maryland fans will be excited and glad to have Robinson in their program and soon they all will know his name.

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