February 4, 2008

Michigan's 'wow' factor won over Robinson

Sometimes, it's a coach. Sometimes, it's tradition, or the size of the stadium, the appeal of the school's academics, the comfort on campus. It's the 'Wow' factor and Michigan had it all when four-star athlete Terrence Robinson visited Ann Arbor two weeks ago, his coach told TheWolverine.com today …

"Terrence really fell in love with Wake Forest, had a great relationship with those coaches and that's where I thought he was headed … but then he visited Michigan," Oak head coach David Smith said. "Michigan's history, Rich Rodriguez's offense and the opportunity to play in The Big House overwhelmed him. It was a first impression, but it was an impression that totally blew Terrence away. When he came home on Sunday, it was over. He just walked into my office and said, 'Coach, that's where I'm going.'"

Robinson had visited Wake Forest back in September and shared his excitement with only a few - the Demon Deacons were going to be hard to beat. In October, Robinson visited Oregon officially and watched Autzen Stadium erupt as the Ducks toppled Southern Cal. Yet, when the four-star returned home, he was even more convinced about his a future in Winston-Salem.

"It wasn't for him and I think he was a little unsure how he should feel, but I just told him, 'Good, it's over with. Let's move on,'" Smith relayed. "He turned down a lot of visits because he knew what he wanted. He said 'No' to Notre Dame a few days before talking to Michigan, but when the [U-M] coaches got in-touch with me and I passed their number on to Terrence, I just saw this big smile overtake him. There was something very interesting about Michigan."

100,000. An NFL pedigree. A spread offense. Rodriguez.

Robinson played quarterback for Oak High School this past year, rushing for 2,127 yards and 26 touchdowns on 223 carries (9.5 yards per carry). Before getting too excited - he didn't throw the football much, attempting only 15 passes. Robinson also played receiver, averaging 18.5 yards per catch. He will slide into the slot for the Wolverines.

"He can run reverses, he can run some option at quarterback, but the thing most people don't know is that he has great hands," Smith said. "We finished runner-up this summer in the 7-on-7 tournament and we played him at receiver and I watched over and over again as he made all sorts of spectacular grabs … one-handed grabs, diving to the ground. And once he gets his hand on the ball and he gets a step on you, he's gone. When he gets vertical, you can't touch him. He's explosive."

Robinson will sign his letter of intent at 9:00 a.m. EST Wednesday. After that, his sole focus will be getting ready to impact at Michigan.

"He's a little worn down from the process," Smith said. "He's not used to traveling this much so he's glad that it's over with and he can get back to enjoying the rest of his senior year."

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