The who’s who of high school football recruits will be at Beaver Stadium on Saturday and that includes 2024 4-star linebacker Brian Robinson.
Robinson is a 6’4″, 235-pound outside linebacker from Austintown Fitch High School in Youngstown, Ohio. The Top 200 junior has received 30+ scholarship offers, including ones from Penn State, Michigan, Auburn, Georgia, Illinois, Notre Dame, Pitt, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas A&M, USC, Virginia Tech, Washington and West Virginia.
Robinson was in State College earlier this year but tells Nittany Sports Now, attending this White Out Game against Minnesota was something that he had circled on his calendar.
“That was the game that when I first got offered by Penn State and went to camp, that was the game that everybody talked to me about,” said Robinson. “Everyone told me, you got to come to this game. It was ironic because when I got home, my dad and I were in a grocery store and a fan that saw that I was at Penn State even asked me if I would be going to the White Out Game. It’s just the game that everyone talks about. When I was at Penn State and got my offer, I got to meet Micah Parsons and he told me, you have to attend that game.”
While the atmosphere this Saturday will be special, Robinson’s relationship and interest in Penn State goes deeper than just one game and has more to do with the relationship he’s developing with the coaching staff. Robinson also is appreciating this recruiting process because he knows it’ll only happen once in his life.
“I really have a wonderful relationship with them, Coach Franklin, Coach Walker and Coach Scott. “For me and my recruitment in general, it’s all about the respect and appreciation and the offer that I receive from any program. It’s all about the opportunity that these schools are presenting me. I’ll make it to every single school that’s offered me, whether I plan on going there or not. I’ll give and show them the same respect that they gave me when they offered me a scholarship.”
“As far as upcoming visits, it’s really going to be week by week. My dad and I said that we’re going to sit down and create a schedule at the end of my season, going into the playoffs. Me personally, I really want to focus on the playoffs and trying to help my team get better. I really want to focus on getting to the states and then start focusing again on the recruiting.”
At the end of our conversation, I asked Robinson about the prediction and forecast from many national recruiting analysts that he’s already a heavy lean towards Jim Harbaugh and Michigan and where Penn State currently sits.”
“Penn State is one of my top schools and always has been because from day one because of Coach Franklin, he’s one of my favorite coaches,” said Robinson. “As far as Michigan, I have a wonderful relationship with Coach Clinkscale, I have a wonderful relationship with Coach Harbaugh. Even when my classmates ask me that and say I hear you’re going to Michigan, I say “Wow, you heard that, I haven’t heard that because I don’t even know where I’m going yet, how do you guys know? Is Michigan one of my top schools, yes but I also have a lot of schools that I really like and am considering.”
“This is the first time in my life that I’ve ever been through anything like this so me and my dad, my head coach TJ Parker, they’re walking me through all of this. The best advice that they’re giving me is focus on your season, get ready for your off-season and then we’ll put together a plan.”