Kevin Robbins turned down his father’s alma mater of Michigan State, committing to Georgia Tech this weekend.
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end from Forestville, Md., picked Georgia Tech over Michigan State among his 15 football scholarship offers, which also included Rutgers, West Virginia, Boston College, Wake Forest, North Carolina and East Carolina. He’s ranked as a 3-star by Rivals.
“I just felt like Georgia Tech was the best for me,” Robbins told the AJC. “They have great academics, I really liked [defensive coordinator Al Groh], and they recruited me the hardest. I really like Coach Groh’s plans for me when I get there – to play outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme. That’s something I feel like I could see myself doing.”
Robbins is also the second player from Bishop McNamara High School within the last couple of weeks to commit to Georgia Tech, following in the footsteps of DT Darius Commissiong. Robbins said it definitely influenced his college decision but stopped short of calling it an outright “package deal.”
“It really wasn’t a package deal but Georgia Tech recruited both of us heavily,” Robbins said. “We talked about it before, playing for the same team in college. We always said the only way that would happen was if the school turned out to be the best for us for our own specific reasons. When Darius committed to Georgia Tech, I was happy for him, but it didn’t impact me too much because I already had them in my top two for a while.”
The other school was Michigan State, where Kevin’s father (by the same name) played offensive line and later in the NFL.
“My Dad never pushed me to Michigan State,” Robbins said. “He always said it was really my choice. He said I should go wherever I felt most comfortable and felt like I had the chance to have the most success. Going to Georgia Tech and playing outside linebacker, I felt like that was where I would have the most success.”
Robbins has a 3.0 GPA and plans to major in Business. He made an unofficial visit with his high school teammate to Georgia Tech in April.
He is commitment No. 7 for Georgia Tech’s 2013 recruiting class. The Yellow Jackets are expected to sign around 14 in February.
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