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Monday, December 7, 2015

KU football lands versatile Juco athlete

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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For the second time in the past week, the Kansas University football program picked up an oral commitment from a Class of 2016 wide receiver who could have a future on defense.

Sunday night, Stephan Robinson, a 5-foot-11, 173-pound athlete from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M; Junior College committed to the Jayhawks, first with a phone call to head coach David Beaty and then with a message on Twitter.

“Beyond blessed to say that I've decided to take my talents to Lawrence, Kansas,” Robinson wrote on Twitter.

On pace to leave NEO following the fall semester, Robinson will have four years remaining to play out three seasons of eligibility and is expected to be on campus in time for spring football.

Accompanied by his mother, father and younger brother, Robinson made an official visit to KU last weekend. According to Jon Kirby of JayhawkSlant.com, on the drive back to Oklahoma was where Robinson decided to pick Kansas.

“The big thing was the way they treated my family and they loved it," Robinson told Kirby. "Me and my little brother are close and they treated him well. The visit was great. I loved it. I love the school and everything about it.”

KU defensive coordinator Clint Bowen was the first member of the Kansas staff to learn about Robinson, and the Jayhawks began recruiting him last October. Robinson had one final visit remaining and was considering Virginia Tech, Iowa State, Tulsa and Southern Miss. But that visit will not happen now that he has made his decision.

Robinson told Kirby that KU's winless season did nothing to sour his feelings about the program and added that he was excited about the coaches' plans for him in the rebuilding project. A natural athlete who has been clocked in the 4.4-second range in the 40-yard dash, Robinson told Kirby the coaches informed him he could be used on offense, defense or special teams.

The two-star prospect becomes the 12th commitment in KU's 2016 class, leaving the Jayhawks with somewhere between 6 and 8 more scholarships to hand out in this class because of the players who were are already on campus and were counted forward prior to the 2015 season.

Robinson joins Huntsville, Texas, athlete Jay Griffin as the most recent KU commitments.

Comments

Len Shaffer 4 years ago

I'm with you, Joe, but adding lots of speed never hurts.

On another note, I'm glad that the football is helping us to recruit ("For the second time in the past week, the Kansas University football picked up an oral commitment ...").

Aaron Paisley 4 years ago

You need home run threats for the Air Raid to be effective. You also don't want the big road grading OLinemen for an up tempo system, you need the smaller more athletic ones that can handle that tempo. Poor system fit is why KU's best OLineman fron 2014 (Junior Visinia) left KU.

David Williams 4 years ago

Where did he end up, or did he leave FB entirely?

Joe Ross 4 years ago

I understand your concerns, but the small size of the Kansas linemen saw them being ineffective against bigger defensive linemen. Perhaps Kansas needs a hybrid strategy (at least until the numbers get back up schollies-wise) where they alternate some bigger linemen with smaller ones. But going small all game didn't help us any. Besides, offensive linemen aren't the only ones we're needing to recruit! ;)

Aaron Paisley 4 years ago

Size was not why the OLine was bad this year. Youth and inexperience were the biggest culprits. There's very few Shawn Oakman's out that Big 12 OLine's have to prepare for. Most of the defenses are now small and quicker as well because they are built to stop the pass.

David A. Smith 4 years ago

Wish granted. Isi Holani commtted. 300# DT. Check out Rivals.

Brett McCabe 4 years ago

If it holds, it's a pretty big deal. He looks like a very solid player.

You have two big recruiting battles when your program is down, getting commitments and then holding off late-comers trying to steal from you when their classes don't fill.

Joe Ross 4 years ago

Ask and ye shall receive, I guess.

Somebody please christen this kid "Isi Money"

David Robinett 4 years ago

Isi. and Amani could be D line pillars!

Micky Baker 4 years ago

I'm for big linemen as well, but speed will and does often marginalize a weapon or multiple weapons of an opponent. Two kids from Kansas could help this program out, one playing right there at Lawrence High. The other who could play safety or linebacker, depending on how fast he is now(ran a 4.5 or 4.6 40 as a freshman) is Ian Rudzik. He's rated as a 2-star... but I think that is a severe under rating of the kid. He's 6'2" 220 lbs. He is a smooth runner if he plays in the offensive backfield, and he's a monster defender that can also cover and has good hands to get some picks. It would be a mistake to let someone else in the Big 12 get this kid, and he's on all of their lists.

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