When Glenelg offensive guard David Robbins set foot on Florida State’s Tallahassee campus on March 20 he immediately developed an affinity for the school. He and his family had also planned visits to Alabama and Auburn on their southern university tour, but Florida State was the frontrunner from the second Robbins laid eyes on it.
On March 24, Gladiators Coach Butch Schaffer told the junior guard to call Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett, who offered Robbins a football scholarship during that phone call, and last Monday the 6-foot-4, 295-pound lineman orally committed to the Seminoles.
“Once I got that offer there was a part of me that wanted to keep looking at schools, but at the same time part of me subconsciously knew Florida State was where I belonged,” Robbins said. “I was amazed by that, and two or three weeks passed and all I thought about was the school so there was no sense in waiting and making it suspenseful.”
Robbins’ top three schools were Florida State, Kentucky and Maryland and he had eight offers when he committed last Monday. On his late March visit he spent a lot of time with Trickett and was able to pick the brain of the veteran coach.
With over 40 years of college coaching experience Trickett is recognized nationally for his ability to identify talented recruits. He’s sent over 30 players to the National Football League.
“The coaching staff really stuck out to me, and the fact that Trickett is known as one of best developers of talent out there was great,” Robbins said. “It’s a dream of mine to play professional football and I think playing at Florida State can get me there.”
Robbins has visited Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn and Penn State but he said the facilities Florida State has constructed were second to none.
“The facilities were absolutely amazing,” Robbins said. “They have a new indoor practice facility that was opened last season, a lot of times they will practice indoors and outdoors back-and-forth running through drills at a fast pace.”
The three-star recruit spent last weekend at the Rivals Camps Series at St. John’s where he took advantage of his time against some of the region’s best defensive linemen by having his trainer, Derek Phillips, record his one-on-one drills. From watching the tape, Robbins admits he needs to open his hips less and improve his technique as opposed to just out muscling opposing linemen.
“I don’t go to the camps to earn a better ranking,” Robbins said. “I go to face good competition to see how much harder I need to work to be successful on the next level.”
If Robbins stays firm in his commitment, he could possibly team with class of 2014 Florida State signee offensive tackle Brock Ruble on what would be an enormous offensive line.
NUMBER CRUNCH: 1
Florida State has inked one area football player in each of its last two recruiting classes. In the class of 2014 the Seminoles picked up DeMatha lineman Brock Ruble, and in 2013, All-Met Hylton linebacker E.J. Levenberry signed with FSU. Levenberry played in 13 of 14 games last season with one start and finished with 39 total tackles. Robbins could be joined by fellow juniors Matthew Burrell Jr. (Hylton), Quarvez Boulware (Friendship Collegiate) and Darius Fullwood (Good Counsel), who all currently hold offers from the Seminoles.
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Take a look at the photos from an old-fashioned girls’ lacrosse shootout Wednesday that pitted Madison against Westfield.