May 21, 2008

Robinson intrigued by idea of being two-way star

Josh Robinson wasn't even halfway through elementary school when Michigan's Charles Woodson won the Heisman Trophy as a two-sport star.

Still, the 5-foot-10, 178-pound cornerback from Lauderhill (Plantation), Fla., knows enough about Woodson's Heisman upset of then-Tennessee star Peyton Manning to listen when a school recruiting him compares his skills to those possessed by Woodson, now with the Green Bay Packers.

Enter Ole Miss, which has presented Robinson with one of his 13 offers but is the only program to sell the idea of playing both sides of the football on the college level.

"They like me as a corner, but he told me they could see me doing what Charles Woodson did and play both sides of the ball," Robinson said. "They want to give me an opportunity to try both sides, which I love."

Robinson's offer list includes Auburn, Indiana, Kentucky, Purdue, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee and South Florida, but he said earlier this week that Ole Miss' push is beginning to pay dividends for the Rebels.

"Ole Miss has a great shot," Robinson said. "Actually, I just got off the phone with (Ole Miss recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks coach) Coach (Chris) Vaughn. It went well. He's cool. He's real cool. We talked about a lot of things. I think he and I are going to get to know each other personally.

"I'm just going to be looking at how they're running the team. I know it's a quick transition, but I want to see that they take over right away and get to work."

Specifically, the Rebels are telling Robinson he could quickly contribute to their depleted secondary, all the while helping in the passing game.

"They want me to do some reverses, some fades, some screens, things like that," Robinson said. "It's the same things I'm doing at Plantation right now. I want to bring it up to the next level and see if I could do it there."

Robinson's coach is former Ole Miss quarterback Steve Davis. One of his best friends and high school teammates is fellow cornerback Brandon McGee, who lists Ole Miss as one of his 31 scholarship offers.

"We just want to play and showcase our talents as quickly as possible," Robinson said. "(Davis)just tells us it's a good place to go. He says, 'Go where it's going to be beneficial to you.' He doesn't push us to any school."

Robinson said he's searching primarily for early playing time. Everything else, he said, is secondary.

"Playing time is a big thing," Robinson said. "As far as what's surrounding the school, that won't play too much of a role because I'm kind of just going to be to myself. Playing is my main thing."

From all indications, Robinson favors the programs in the Southeastern Conference. Those programs highlight his summer travel plans.

"Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and Auburn are schools I want to see," Robinson said. "I want to make it to Indiana as well. I plan to do a lot of traveling."

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