Decision Pays Dividends
Kylan Robinson
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jan 17, 2006
Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst

Kylan Robinson decided to move from Alaska to the state of Florida hoping to garner some attention from college coaches because he wanted to play football at the next level. This big move has paid Robinson huge dividends as he mulls scholarship offers between Miami, South Carolina and Ohio State.

Kylan Robinson is one of the nice stories this recruiting season among the Class of 2006. Robinson, 6-2 and 215 pounds, has lived in just about every state in this country and most recently found himself and his family living in Ankorage, Alaska. This summer, Robinson and his family made a big decision for Kylan’s future. He moved to the Sunshine State hoping the change in venue would open up some doors to a potential college football career.

“I decided to move to Tampa and live with my cousin and grandma,” said Robinson. “I lived just about everywhere and spent the past three years in Alaska. But I thought if I moved to Florida and played football there it would give me exposure that I needed on the field so I could earn a scholarship. It was hard but well worth it.”

Robinson showed up at Tampa (Fla.) Chamberlain and his high school coach, Billy Turner, thought he found himself a defensive end until Robinson returned a kick 60 yards.

“In the second game of the season I returned a kickoff 60 yards and every since then I have been playing running back.”

Schools started to notice, especially towards the end of the season. Ohio State was the first school to offer him a scholarship and the flood gates opened from there. Robinson finished the season rushing for 1,606 yards (180 carries) and 11 touchdowns in nine games as a running back.

“It’s down to Ohio State, South Carolina and Miami. Ohio State is a great school and I love the coaches, players and facilities. They have great tradition, especially at running back and I love the Buckeye nation.

”I visited South Carolina last weekend and it was a great trip. That’s a school where I know I can get early playing time if I put in the work. I like the players and the staff there too.

“Miami will get my last visit this weekend. They have great tradition and it’s a good school football wise and for academics. Miami is also a stepping stone for the NFL.

“Right now they are all tied. It’s going to boil down to the players and how I fit in with the team. I want to feel like I am part of the team already. Academics will play a big factor too.”

Robinson will announce his college destination on Fox Sports Net South's Countdown to Signing Day next Wednesday (1-25).

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