For three-star Oklahoma City (Okla.) Putnam City West wide receiver Nick Robinson, his high school team is feeling a lot like his future collegiate team, Memphis.
With six games in the book the Patriots, Robinson has helped lead his team to a 5-1 record with a .500 Midwest City team on the schedule this week. As for Memphis, the Tigers are 4-1 on the ’16 season with its only loss coming at the hands of No. 16 Ole Miss.
According to the 6-foot-3, 205-pound receiver, Robinson says the similarities between the two locations played a large role in his recruiting process, which shifted to that of a Tigers’ pledge in June of this year.
“It was like a place away from home that is home,” Robinson told Today’s U. “Having from people from Oklahoma going there that I have been playing with was a dream come true. Coach [Mike] Norvell is obviously a very good, great coach.”
As Robinson alluded to, several Oklahoma prospects will be joining him on the Tigers’ campus come fall of 2017. Memphis holds pledged from a trio of three-star safeties in Quindon Lewis, Gervarrius Owens and Marcus Green, and joining those recruits will be three-star cornerback Marcus Green and three-star linebacker Cade Mashburn. These six players comprise a strong crop of Oklahoma-based prospects that should hold it down on defense while Robinson energizes the squad’s offensive unit.
“I’ve been playing against them since I was little,” Robinson said. “Me, Quindon and Gerverrius hang out a little. It’s a wonderful feeling that you are playing with your boys.”
Robinson has not taken his official visit to Memphis yet, but that is tentatively slated for Thanksgiving weekend when Houston comes to town, which is another school he is currently considering.
“I’m trying to set up some other officials: Arizona State, I might go to Houston and probably Syracuse,” he said.
Although the talented wideout is enthused about the idea of playing college ball with his friends, Robinson is doing his due diligence on other schools, which makes sense given his 20-school offer sheet. A final decision is expected to come from him on National Signing Day.
In the meantime, the Putnam City West wideout is focused on taking his team to a state title game. So far, Robinson has recorded 28 catches for 490 yards and eight touchdowns. This is part of a “pretty great” season for the Memphis commit, though he has his sights set even higher.
“Individually, I wanted to make myself better and my attitude better. Personally, I have been doing good. I haven’t had any bad games or anything like that, so I’m having a pretty good season.”
On the field, Robinson exhibits impressive body control and tracking ability, two traits that are crucial for receivers to succeed at the next level. He plays a talented group of schools this year, and his midseason tape from the Stillwater game this year, for example, shows his talent level.
As for who he compares himself to on the field, Robinson responded: “Almost like a Calvin Johnson with aggressiveness mixed with A.J. Green.”
Two players that could more than hack it on the gridiron in their own right.