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Penn State Football All 105

Penn State Football All 105: Former Terp Chop Robinson Ready to Roar as a Nittany Lion

All 105 is a Nittany Sports Now series profiling each Penn State football player. This edition will look at sophomore defensive end Chop Robinson

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 242 pounds

Hometown: Gaithersburg, Maryland 

Before Penn State: Robinson played at Quince Orchard High School and helped the team to a 25-2 record over the 2018 and ’19 seasons, highlighted by a 22-game winning streak and a state championship on 2018.

Robinson’s play made him an Under Armour All-American in 2019, and he finished his career with Quince Orchard’s all-time sack record.

Fourteen of those sacks came in Robinson’s All-American season. He finished that year with 85 tackles (61 solo), three forced fumbles and an interception.

247SportsRivalsOn3 and ESPN all rated Robinson as a four-star recruit, and ESPN ranked him the No. 1 player in Maryland from his class and the No. 35 player in the country.

Penn State almost had Robinson in its 2022 class, becoming a finalist, but he committed to Maryland in March 2020.

2021: Robinson showed some promise in his year at Maryland, making ESPN’s Midseason True Freshman All-American Team.

He ended the year playing in all 13 games and making his first college start against Indiana Oct. 30.

He ended the season with 19 tackles (12 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks, the first coming against Kent State Sept. 25.

Things weren’t perfect at Maryland, however. 

Robinson entered the transfer portal in April and committed to Penn State April 12.


Where he stands: With Robinson still having three years of eligibility left and being such a highly-regarded prospect coming out of high school, he’s a player that excites Penn State and its fans. 

Robinson, listed as a defensive end, likely won’t start right away, with Adisa Isaac returning from injury and Nick Tarburton back after starting for Penn State last season.

Penn State also has another blue-chipper from Maryland, Class of 2022 five-star EDGE Dani-Dennis Sutton, ready to make his college debut.

Despite a crowded position room, Robinson will see some playing time. 

It also helps that, like former Penn State players Micah Parsons and Jesse Luketa before him, Robinson is capable of playing linebacker.

A quote about Robinson:

“He’s long, he’s athletic, he’s got great twitch, the guy can bend,” defensive line coach John Scott Jr. said at a coaches media availability earlier this summer. “Having played him and seen him on the field, I know our offensive guys talked about having to account for where he was and having to make sure that we blocked him up. But he’s got those elite traits that we look for.”

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