Jacob Robinson profile
Pos Rank: #49 DE
State Rank: 11
6-4 | 230
His Recruiting Story:
Robinson stepped up to the varsity level as a sophomore and not only started, but won his team's Defensive Player of the Year award after recording 37 tackles (six for loss) and 3.5 sacks. He hit the camp circuit before his junior year and impressed at some of his stops including Purdue. Shortly before his junior season began, Indiana became the first school to offer. After a strong junior campaign, more offers came in including Northwestern and Wisconsin. While he visited and considered those programs and others, the first school to offer stayed in his mind and he committed to Indiana early in May.
""Indiana felt like home to me. Every time I visited, it made my decision easier. I love what the coaching staff is doing and the energy they have about going in the right direction."
"Jacob is a fantastic kid and an excellent leader. He moves well and is versatile and does a million things for us on offense. I think he can grow into a bigger guy and on defense grow into a three-technique or an interior guy. We might play him there some ourselves there this year."
-- Westfield head coach Jake Gilbert
Where We've Seen Him:
Purdue camp (2013), Game Film vs Indianapolis Cathedral (2013), Highlight Film (2012, 2013)
Robinson has a good frame with long arms. He is a good athlete who impressed us with his ability to run and his fluidity in a camp setting. He shows that on tape too. He can knife into the backfield with inside moves and get around the edge. He is a good pass rusher who closes quickly and plays with a good motor. He must still get stronger and play with better leverage against the run. As a stand up outside linebacker in Indiana's 3-4, he will have to learn to drop into coverage, something he is not asked to do in high school, but he has the athleticism to pick it up.
Overall: Robinson has great intangibles and he has gotten a little bigger since we first saw him. Can he drop well enough to play outside backer? That is the question, but the nice thing is, he has the frame to add weight and play one of the end spots if need be. He is a good athlete who plays hard and has been productive the last two seasons.