Late Saturday night while I was watching ZZ Top and Jimmy Buffett play to a beach party atmosphere in Frisco, TX, Kansas State was once again beating Kansas. This time they beat the Jayhawks on the recruiting trail securing the verbal commitment from Lance Robinson Jr., Safety from De La Salle high school in New Orleans, LA.
About a month ago recruiting for Robinson began heating up, and he was high on three schools, Kansas, Kansas State, and Arizona. After visiting each school, Robinson choose the Wildcats, due primarily to “top notch facilities. Staff has NFL experience; a winning program (that) I can come play EARLY. Nothing more I can ask for.”
Besides offers from Arizona, and Kansas the 5’11” 178lbs safety had offers from: Colorado State, Marshall, Memphis, South Carolina, Southern Miss, Tulane, and Washington State.
247sports.com listed Robinson as a 3 star composite, and the 47th ranked player in Louisiana. Both ESPN.com, and Rivals.com don’t have a ranking for him yet, but I predict that will change over the course of his senior season.
Reviewing the huld.com video shows Robinson is a cerebral player with a knack for making plays. He tracks the QB’s eye’s well, and shows a great ability to beat the receiver to the high-point of the ball. He shows good foot-speed which allows him to close quickly on receivers and deliver a hit. Around the 2:45 mark you can see him block a punt, showing his versatility in special teams as well. His 40 time of 4.62 will likely see him move full time to the strong safety position in college. Just for good measure, the last highlight on his video shows him standing up the running back at the goal line a la Tre Walker.
Overall, this is the type of recruit who makes Kansas State tick. He’s currently flying under the radar, but will likely be a solid starter for the Wildcats.