Robinson wants academics and a 3-4

Marcus Robinson has two main qualifiers for his prospective schools: strong academics and the right defensive alignment.

That should make his recruitment interesting since some schools might offer one but not the other. On the academic side, Vanderbilt and Purdue are blue-chippers.

“I think it would be a good school to go to,” the standout from Memphis (Tenn.) East said. “One of my teammates (tailback) Brian Kimbrow goes there.”

Robinson said he and Kimbrow are very good friends but just when one thinks that might be a significant factor, think again.

“I don't think it would because I want to go to a school where I know I have a chance to have a little spotlight to myself,” Robinson said.

That leaves Purdue as a top academic school among Robinson's suitors.

“I think that would be a good school to go to,” Robinson said. “I think that will be one of my college visits I'll try to go to and see the campus.”

Besides Purdue, Robinson said he'd also like to visit Clemson and Mississippi State. All the aforementioned schools have offered him a scholarship, along with Memphis, North Carolina and Ole Miss.

While top academic status is important, so is a 3-4 alignment - and understandably so. Robinson is a lean 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds meaning he could probably add 40 pounds and not lose much speed, if any. With some weight, it's easy to envision Robinson being a 3-4 linebacker. Without it, he'd probably have to play safety. Through eating and hard work in the weight room, Robinson is betting he'll be able to add the weight and wants to play inside linebacker.

“I think Clemson could be a very good place for me,” he said. “A 3-4 defense would fit me very good.”

The same could be said for Mississippi State.

“Mississippi State is where one of my other fellow teammates goes, Will Redmond. We were two good friends on defense (in high school). He helped me out and I helped him out sometimes. I think that would be pretty good.”

In addition to a body poised to grow, Robinson can also offer an ability that few players are asked to master: he can call plays. He's done so at East High School for two seasons. He'll do so again this year.

“My tenth grade year, I wasn't so good at doing it but as I kept doing it and kept doing it, I got better at it,” Robinson said.

Robinson said Ole Miss, Clemson and Mississippi State are standing out from his list of offers. To stay there, they'll need to prove their academic worth and show Robinson a defense that can showcase his skills.