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37 DAYS TO 2018 KICKOFF: Lance Robinson

In which BracketCat counts down the 37th day until the 2018 kickoff with a profile of defensive back Lance Robinson.

#37 Braden Wilson
Braden Wilson (37) probably will remain the only Wildcat to wear that number that I can use for this particular day’s photo. Even so much more so because there currently is no No. 37 on the roster and I’m using an incoming freshman to fill the gap.
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Lance Robinson

True Freshman | 5-11 | 178 lbs. | New Orleans, Louisiana
Lance Robinson
Lance Robinson
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Redshirt
  • Status: On Scholarship

Lance Adam Robinson (b. March 20, 2000) is a promising young defensive back prospect out of De La Salle High School in New Orleans. He is somewhat likely to redshirt in 2018.

Robinson was a major get, selecting the Cats over Power 5 offers from Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, South Carolina, TCU, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Washington State and West Virginia, as well as interest from Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas, among others.

Robinson played for the Cavaliers under head coach Ryan Manale. He was rated the 29th-best player in the state of Louisiana for the Class of 2018 by 247Sports and named a first team all-state performer as a senior by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, while he picked up all-metro honors from The New Orleans Advocate on two occasions.

Robinson also was named the District 9-A Defensive MVP in 2017 and was a three-time all-district performer after he helped to lead the Cavaliers to an 11-1 record and an appearance in the state finals during his senior season.

He carded 61 tackles, including 17 tackles for loss, and two interceptions to go along with two forced fumbles and three blocked punts as a senior.

Robinson also participated in track and basketball. He helped his 2015 track squad to break the school record for the 4x100 relay and win state in the event, so that’s encouraging.

Here’s what Ian Boyd at SportsTreatise had to say about Robinson’s potential as a safety:

Robinson is my second-favorite guy in this class and my favorite defensive back in this group by a safe margin. It’s hilarious how badly LSU did in recruiting this cycle while simultaneously giving up multiple high-upside athletes to invading schools.

What makes Robinson awesome is how bouncy he is — his first few steps are lightning, and he never hesitates to take advantage of his acceleration in closing on the ball and delivering wicked shots to would-be blockers and ball carriers. He blocks kicks on special teams, he erases plays from a strong safety alignment and he tends the edge. Meanwhile, here’s his SPARQ score: 4.62 40, 4.12 shuttle, 39.1″ vertical, 36′ power toss.

I think they should put him on the fast track to starting at nickel. He reminds me of another undersized but athletic and feisty Louisiana kid.

For those who don’t feel like clicking that link, he’s talking about Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu. High praise, indeed.