A year ago at this time, Melvin Robinson never thought he’d be playing football at a Division II school.
Now, he’s just grateful he can play anywhere.
Robinson, a 2009 All-Met wide receiver at Annandale, who missed nearly all of his senior season amid an ill-fated transfer to Gwynn Park and a reluctance from a new staff at Annandale to take him back, subesquently saw interest from programs including Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Penn State, among others, disappear.
Two weeks after graduating from Annandale, though, Robinson said he’s found a place for next year – Division II Glenville (W. Va.) State. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Robinson won’t be playing on national television or riding a fast track to a professional career, but he knows he’s lucky.
“I was pretty down, but there was nothing I could do to change anything about it,” Robinson said “Once I stopped playing football, it was a hard struggle for me. But now I’m over it.
Robinson caught 41 passes for 678 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior at Annandale, but his father, Melvin Waddy, said last summer that they didn’t feel his son would get the ball as often as he’d would like if he had remained at Annandale. Waddy lives in Gwynn Park’s zone, and his son moved in with him.
But after catching just one pass in the Yellow Jackets’ 2010 season-opener, Robinson learned he would be unable to meet Gwynn Park’s graduation requirements by the end of the school year. He returned to Annandale, but he was not allowed to rejoin the football team.
Robinson persevered and played on the Atoms’ basketball team last winter, and graduated earlier this month.
“I learned life isn’t always what you expected,” Robinson said. “Life is harder when you don’t play by the rules.
“Once I get up to Glenville and show my thing, I hope all those schools that were recruiting me know what they missed out. I know I can get a shot at the [NFL].”