Cornerback Neiko Robinson transferred from Flomaton (Ala.) to Bratt (Fla.) Northview to play with his friends from youth football and hopefully pick up some more traction as a recruit.
In just a couple of months Robinson received an offer from UAB as well as interest from Florida State and Minnesota. On Friday another program that had been interested, Penn State, extended an offer and the 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior gave his verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions on Sunday.
"Coach [Ted] Roof and I have been talking for a few weeks now and I just like where Penn State is going to go with this coaching staff," Robinson said. "They are looking for guys that can be game changers and I think I can do that on the defensive side of the ball."
Robinson said that Penn State is looking at him to play either free safety or cornerback and he is willing to play either position. He is the ninth commitment for Penn State in the Class of 2013 and the first that hails from the Southeast.
"I know Penn State doesn't recruit too much down in the south but this is where the best football players are at," Robinson said. "So I believe they are going to try to get more players from down here and if you want to get the best defensive backs in the nation you come to the state of Florida."
Robinson gained over 700 yards and scored 23 touchdowns on offense and had 93 tackles, four interceptions and three defensive touchdowns on defense for Flomaton. He lives in Century, Fla., which is very close to the Florida-Alabama state line.
"I transferred to Flomaton schools when I was in fifth grade but I actually live in Northview's district," Robinson said. "I wanted to play here because a lot of my friends from peewee ball play here and I was hoping to get more help with my recruitment. Right away the coaches embraced me and within a couple of weeks colleges were calling me to get information."
Robinson is going to attend FSU's camp from June 13-15 but says he's solid to Penn State.
"I was going to go to the FSU came before Penn State offered so I'm still going to compete," Robinson said. "I might take some officials depending on who gets in touch with me, but overall I'm happy with my choice."