One of the biggest areas of need the University of Miami had when building its 2008 recruiting class was finding big bodies to plug-in on both the offensive and defensive lines. The Hurricanes addressed the defensive side with three of the best players in the state -- Northwestern's Marcus Forston, Pahokee's Micanor Regis and Palm Beach Lakes' Jeremy Lewis.
Tuesday, Miami added more depth to the position when it picked up its fifth commitment in the 2009 class in 6-3, 280-pound junior Luther Robinson of Fort Pierce Westwood. Robinson, a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, earned Defensive Line MVP honors last month at the Nike Camp in Gainesville and is one of the highest rising recruits in the '09 class. While he's being recruited as a defensive tackle, don't rule out the possibility he could move to offense. Robinson plays both sides of the line at Westwood
"I watched him play some last year and I think he's OK," new Miami Herald recruiting analyst Larry Blustein said of Robinson. "He's a solid pickup, a good early pickup for Miami. I think he's definitely going to add depth to the position. He's got some good physical attributes. And he's got a whole season to get better."
I spoke to Robinson and his father Tuesday evening and both were excited with the decision to pick UM. In the last month, the Robinson said his son had received offers from UM, South Carolina, Florida, Florida State, UCF, Georgia and Georgia Tech. He took an unofficial visit to UM last Friday and saw the campus for the first time. He said he fell in love with the small classes and is excited about majoring in Engineering. Robinson, who boasts a 3.4 GPA, takes honors Algebra II, English, Chemistry, Physics and American History at Westwood.
"One of the things I can say is he's been a good kid on the field and off the field," Robinson Sr. said. "He's just as dedicated to his academics as he is to football."
Robinson Sr. said his son bench presses 315 pounds and squats 500 pounds, but UM coaches would like for him to work on his strength and his speed (Robinson currently runs a 5.0 in the 40). He said while his son will be orally committed to the program, he still wants his son to take his visits to other schools.
"He gave a verbal commit and he's going to ride on that," Robinson Sr. said. "But I want him to see some other things too, ask more questions. But we really like what we saw at Miami. Coach Shannon and everyone opened the doors and really made my family feel at home."