May 30, 2009

Atlanta cornerback picks up third SEC offer

Darius Robinson called Terry Price on Thursday just to say hello to one of the many coaches who has been recruiting him this spring.

The phone call, however, was anything but run-of-the-mill. Ole Miss' defensive line coach told Robinson, a three-star cornerback from Atlanta (Westlake), Ga., that he had shown his game film to Rebels defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix and he was prepared to offer the 6-foot, 170-pounder a scholarship.

"Actually, I wasn't surprised," Robinson said Friday morning. "Me and Coach Price have been in touch a lot lately. I took an unofficial visit to Ole Miss earlier and it was real nice. It was more than I expected."

After extending the scholarship offer to Robinson, Price and Robinson talked schemes and depth charts. Marshay Green and Cassius Vaughn, who finished the 2008 season as starters at cornerback, will be seniors at Ole Miss this fall. Their replacements are not obvious.

"Coach Price said after their cornerbacks leave, they're going to need some big, physical cornerbacks," Robinson said. "I feel I could come in and play early."

Ole Miss might have another advantage in its pursuit of Robinson. Robinson's friend, Atlanta (North Clayton) running back/linebacker Clarence Jackson, committed to Ole Miss a week ago, choosing the Rebels over East Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and others. Robinson said he and Jackson have been friends for four or five years and made the trip over to the junior day in Oxford together.

The Rebels are going to have plenty of competition for Robinson's signature. The Ole Miss offer is his 18th overall and his third from the Southeastern Conference. Robinson also has offers from Mississippi State, Kentucky, Duke, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, Purdue, South Florida, Stanford, Wake Forest and West Virginia, among others.

"I'm pretty open," Robinson said. "A lot of new schools are recruiting me and I want all of them to feel like they've got a chance. It really doesn't matter (what league a school is affiliated with). It's really all about people and playing time."

Robinson, who has a 3.4 core grade-point average and a 1370 on the SAT, will head to Knoxville, Tenn., on Monday for Tennessee's camp. He said he'll attend other camps throughout the summer, but he's going to make decisions about which ones to attend as he goes.

"I'm pretty sure I'll have more offers after I attend some camps," Robinson said.

Robinson, who had 43 tackles, three interceptions and 10 pass break-ups as a junior, said his strength is coverage.

"I love to press," Robinson said. "I prefer that to playing back."

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