Kenny Robinson lives close enough to West Virginia that he realizes what kind of top-notch football program that the Mountaineers offer.
The WVU football team has always had a strong footprint in the Pittsburgh area, and Robinson resides right on the Steel City border in Wilkinsburg, Pa. Like the many hard-nosed football players who came before him, Robinson has an edge to him that many top programs covet.
The outside linebacker, who plays his high school ball at Pittsburgh’s University Prep school, stands at 6-foot-2 and weights 200 pounds. He is sleek and strong with a knack for rushing to the football.
He plays both ways and can make plays on either side of the ball. The athletic Robinson will have his best shot at the next level by honing in on the key skills of being a linebacker. However, it’s been his offensive skills that may have enhanced his defensive ability, overall.
Robinson, one of the hottest rising prospects on the east coast, has played wide receiver for University Prep. He is long and uses his able-bodied frame to square up on balls and block out his defenders. He has solid break-away speed and can get a jump on a route to jumpstart any set.
He looks to be the all-around package, with some room to grow. By joining the program that fits his wants and needs, Robinson has a great shot of being a quality Division I player.
The WVU football team is right in the mix, according to a recent tweet by Robinson, himself.
West Virginia, Pitt, Iowa State, Virginia Tech and Toledo have the best shot at landing this three-star recruit.
According to 247sports, Pitt and West Virginia are the frontrunners for Robinson.
That assessment makes perfect sense because the Panthers and the Mountaineers are the closest schools to Robinson. Pitt may have the upper hand if Robinson wants to stay in the city. However, the WVU football program may have the best weapon in landing Robinson, or any player from Pittsburgh, because defensive coordinator is the lead recruiter in the football hotbed of Western Pennsylvania.
Gibson can relate to Robinson, especially because he has coached at both Pitt and West Virginia. He has brought in other defensive recruits who have turned out to be some of the top defensive players for the Mountaineers, like Dravon Askew-Henry and Hodari Christian.
Robinson is one of the Top 20 prep prospects in Pennsylvania and is national ranked in athlete, defensive and class of 2017 categories.
Landing him and progressively bridging the gap between West Virginia and Pennsylvania would be huge for the WVU football program.