It took Coach Kevin Wilson and company a little time to get going recruiting wise in comparison to most of his Big Ten brethren, however that surely changed this week. While it might have been a bit frustrating sitting their as an IU fan wondering when that first commit of the 2015 class would come, the staff has actually gotten off to a significantly earlier start this year, as opposed to last. As I stated previously, recruiting is a game of momentum and that has been on full display as the Hoosiers have gone from a goose egg to a pair of commits in the span of a week. After Simon Stepaniak pulled the trigger on his verbal commitment last weekend, it was Jacob Robinson's turn on Friday.
Doing so Robinson became the second member of the 2015 class, and the first from the Hoosier state. The three-star Westfield, IN native is ranked as the 45th best weak-side defensive end prospect in the nation, and the 14th rated player overall in the state of Indiana
Robinson has been an exemplary participant both on and off the field throughout his high school career. While being named his teams Defensive Player of the Year award, he also has been able to carry a 3.5 GPA in the classroom. He captained Westfield to the 5A state title game appearance, while recording 68 tackles, including 9.5 for a loss.
Versatility and potential are two words that can be used to describe what Robinson can bring to the table. He can play both standing up as an outside linebacker or with his hand in the ground at defensive end. Currently Robinson is around 6'5" and 240 pounds, but according to his coaching staff he has grown consistently through high school, and will likely continue to do so over the next few years. He clearly has a frame that can handle weight, don't be surprised if by the time he sees the field at the collegiate level Robinson is closer to 275.
Recruiting coordinator James Patton lead the way on Robinson's recruitment. The defensive end held offers from the likes of Minnesota, Illinois and Northwestern. However, in the end it came down to a recruiting battle between the Hoosiers and Wisconsin. General Patton battled it out with Bucky, who was no match, as was able to emerge victorious for the services of Robinson. While the battle may be won, the war certainly isn't over. Patton will have to continue to recruit Robinson as he garners more attention nationally. Already teams such as Stanford have checked in on the talented young man.
It has been a little under two weeks since I have joined the team here at Crimson Quarry. Before that zero recruits for the Hoosiers, since then the staff has picked up two commits. Coincidence, I think not. If you do, make sure to head back home to Hammer and Rails where you belong. The recruiting ball is rolling for the Hoosiers, hopefully it continues downhill with some more commitment news next week!