February 3, 2010

Interview with WR Commit Montrel Robinson

The receiving corps certainly should be the strength of the 2010 class. The last addition to the group, Montrel Robinson, might not be familiar to many University of Cincinnati fans, but he has been committed to Coach Butch Jones for years.

"I am real close with Coach Jones and his family," said Robinson.

In a turbulent, uneasy time for the UC program it's nice to see deep, entrenched relationships exist. Guys still want to play for someone they are comfortable with, someone they know.

"I chose Cincinnati because I have known the coaches since my 10th grade year," said Robinson. "They have been recruiting me hard. And they always said that if I keep doing what I'm doing wherever they go I would stay with them."

Beyond the personal connections present between Coach Jones and Robinson there's a developing football relationship. The world of recruiting is all about relationships, and who develops the player's trust. Spend two minutes at a Coach Jones' press conference and you will hear him say 'We are in the business of development.' And he means it.

"We had the opportunity to have him in camp a number of times, revealed Coach Jones. "We have the opportunity to coach him a number of times. I think this could be the sleeper of the class. He is a very, very strong player with good feet."

Unlike many of the recruits signing for UC on National Signing Day Robinson needed very little convincing that this was the right place for him.

"It's a bigger school, and it was a bigger campus," said Robinson.

Formerly a commit to Central Michigan University the WR always believed he could go bigger. A healthy grudge developed, motivating him to prove to both recruiting coaches and his peers that he belonged in elite college football.

It seems with the late offers that other coaches started to agree with him.

"A couple of Big Ten Schools came in," said Coach Jones. "Because of the relationship that we formed with him he was very solid in his commitment."

In high school Robinson played TE in a Wing-T offense ran by Southfield Lathrup High School. Coach Jones expects to utilize him as a WR putting him under the purview of newly hired WR Coach T.J. Weist, whom Robinson has heard from several times this week.

In the end it simply came down to loyalty as it should in the occasionally underhanded world of recruiting. Montrel liked the vision of suiting up for Coach Jones and the UC Bearcats.

"They are a part of my family," said Robinson. "That gave me a plus when choosing Cincinnati."

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