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February 3, 2008A season lost because of a transfer caused Klein (Texas) Oak athlete Terrence Robinson's recruitment to start late. A postseason coaching transition caused Michigan's recruitment of the 5-8, 170-pound speedster to start late as well, but three days before Signing Day was a perfect time for the two parties to come together.
Robinson had narrowed down his choices to three schools before making the announcement Sunday night on Houston's KPRC channel 2.
"Michigan, Boston College and Wake Forest are three great academic and athletic institutions," said Robinson. "I felt honored to be recruited by all three."
Just like two fellow class of 2008 Houston area natives before him to announce on Channel 2, wide receiver Darryl Stonum and running back Sam McGuffie, Robinson decided for Michigan.
"I took my visit to Michigan last weekend and was just blown away," Robinson said. "The opportunity to play at a school with that kind of history and that kind of fan following really sold me. The academic part of the equation was also very important because I hold academics high on my priority list."
Michigan was the final official visit of four that Robinson took throughout the course of the recruiting process. That trip occurred the weekend of Jan. 25 and prompted Robinson to report that the trip was all he expected it to be. He had previously taken official visits to Wake Forest (Sept. 21), Oregon (Oct. 26) and Boston College (Jan. 18).
This past season, Robinson accumulated 2,106 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns on 222 carries, primarily coming from the quarterback position. He also caught 15 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns as a senior and it is those receiving skills Michigan will be looking to utilize.
"I feel like I can play early there because they don't have a lot of the z-receivers on campus," said Robinson. "That's something new Coach [Rich] Rodriguez is bringing and they feel if I work hard I can get on the field very early."
Rivals.com ranks Robinson as the No. 9 all-purpose back and a four-star prospect. His head coach at Klein Oak, David Smith, called Robinson a true "character guy," and feels he'll have no problem acclimating to the wide receiver position in college.
"He's got speed and instincts. He's got great hands also. His work habits are great and he goes 100 miles per hour on the practice field," said Smith. "If he was 6-4, Julio Jones would be down the list somewhere. I told Julio that when I coached him in a national all-star game in Florida and we laughed about it."
Robinson is the third state of Texas prospect to commit to Michigan in the class of 2008 following McGuffie and Stonum. He made the decision soon after returning from Ann Arbor and informed Michigan coaches Fred Jackson and Rich Rodriguez of his decision during their in-home visit with him earlier this week.
Click here for a link to the video of Robinson's announcement on Channel 2.