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Huskers in running for Ty Robinson
One of the few 2019 recruiting class prospects who has visited Nebraska twice in the last couple of months is Ty Robinson. And Nebraska has a special recruiting chip with the 4-star athlete from Higley, Ariz.
With family spread out all over Nebraska, Robinson said he grew up a Huskers fan. Whether that gives Nebraska an advantage in the recruiting process over the 19 other schools that have already offered Robinson remains to be seen. When asked if it would play a part in his decision, Robinson would not commit to a definite answer.
“Yes and no,” he told Land of 10. “It has its perks.”
That sounds like positive news for Nebraska, which appears to have somewhat of an ace in the hole if it needs to use one with Robinson.
Robinson was in town for the spring game over the weekend. He also took an unofficial visit in February. Being in Memorial Stadium on Saturday definitely left an impression on him.
“It was really great,” he said. “One for the books.”
Robinson said he spent nearly the entire weekend surrounded by a staff member, aside from when they were actually coaching the game.
“I was with them for most of the time,” he said.
Robinson is the No. 19 athlete and No. 259 overall prospect in the class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Defensive line coach Mike Dawson has contacted Robinson the most throughout his recruitment, but coach Scott Frost has also reached out several times. The Huskers see the 6-foot-5, 260-pound prospect as a defensive end, even though Robinson plays multiple positions in high school. Robinson said “pretty much” every school recruiting him wants to see him on the defensive line.
One recruit he bonded with during his visit was fellow defensive line recruit Mosai Newsom, a Waverly, Iowa, native who has also visited the Huskers multiple times within the last five weeks.
“He really enjoyed the trip it seemed like,” Robinson said. “We got along pretty well.”
For Nebraska to solidify its position in Robinson’s recruitment, the prospect said all the Huskers have to do is “just for them to keep doing what they’re doing.”
What Robinson is looking for most in a school, he said, was the quality of the coaching staff, the academics and the atmosphere. The Huskers are showing him the best they have to offer in all three of those aspects.
Oregon, California and Arizona State are the other schools recruiting him hardest. In addition to his Nebraska trips, unofficial visits to those three other schools, in addition to Stanford and Texas A&M, have stood out.
It looks like Nebraska holds an advantage in the intangibles over other programs. The desire to be a member of the Nebraska rebuild under Frost is also enticing.
“I’ve got family here and that helps,” Robinson said. “But their culture here and what Frost is trying to bring back is pretty special.”
Robinson said he does not plan on committing prior to early signing period, when he will announce his decision and sign the paperwork in one fell swoop. That may seem odd for someone who has taken several visits eight months prior to that week, but if that’s what he decides, then the Huskers will have plenty of time to plead their case to Robinson.
He would fit well in the class. The defensive line is a priority in this class and in need of big, athletic bodies, which Robinson provides.
A flurry of Nebraska action came in on Robinson’s 247Sports Crystal Ball throughout Saturday and Sunday, with all five predictions in favor of the Huskers. Perhaps Robinson will see no reason to wait until December and fill a need for Nebraska early in the cycle and be the first 4-star commit in the class.
More Nebraska spring game reactions
In case you missed the spring game reactions from recruits Saturday, the post is here. Some prospects returned my requests for comment after that story went live. Here are a few more reactions:
2020 prospect T Lee, 3-star athlete (Buford, Ga.): “It was amazing! Good game, the atmosphere and fans were crazy. I’ll definitely be back soon for sure.”
2018 signee Casey Rogers, defensive end: “It was amazing! I can’t wait to see what it’s like on a real game day.”
2019 offensive lineman Michael Lynn: “Great! I loved the atmosphere. The fan base was absolutely crazy and I loved that.”
Even for an exhibition game, it’s clear Saturday was a massive boon in Nebraska’s recruiting efforts. Prospects from all over the state and country made their way to Lincoln for the event. An announced crowd of 86,818 in April is sure to make an impression on a teenager.
Most recruits liked what they saw on the field as well. As I’ve written before, prospects will want to play in the Huskers’ style of offense.
We theorized the spring game this year was going to be a recruiting advantage for Nebraska. The initial reports backed up that idea.
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