Kevin Robbins turns down NFL father’s school for Georgia Tech

Kevin Robbins turned down his father’s alma mater of Michigan State, committing to Georgia Tech this weekend.

DE-OLB Kevin Robbins (247sports)

DE-OLB Kevin Robbins (247sports)

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.

GEORGIA TECH’S CLASS OF 2013

  1. RB Travis Custis,6-0, 212 Lovejoy HS
  2. RB Donovan Wilson, 6-0, 215, Dublin, Ohio
  3. OL Shamire Devine, 6-7, 331, Tri-Cities HS
  4. DT Darius Commissiong, 6-2, 295, Forestville, Md.
  5. OG Jeremi Hall, 6-5, 350, Tri-Cities HS
  6. ILB Nigel Bowden, 6-0, 238, Central-Macon HS
  7. DE-OLB Kevin Robbins, 6-4, 240, Forestville, Md.

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222 comments Add your comment

Gt pat

June 3rd, 2012
3:22 pm

First! The class is shaping up to be pretty solid!

1 4 GT

June 3rd, 2012
3:27 pm

Good for young man. Study hard, play hard & have fun. You’ll get a great education & Atlanta is a great city.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
3:28 pm

Turned down Mich State, huh? SWEET !!!

Ol'JacketFan

June 3rd, 2012
3:33 pm

He has played as a hand on the ground DE but will play up as an OLB in his senior year. Physical player with a great motor. MC nice to see you on a Sunday :-)

Ol'JacketFan

June 3rd, 2012
3:34 pm

Clem&son just eliminated Coastal. One more match up with SC

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
3:35 pm

GO CLEMSON !!!

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
3:36 pm

On paper at least, this is shaping up to be an AWESOME recruiting class!!!

Grove Saint

June 3rd, 2012
3:40 pm

UGA class of 2013 is so OVER RATED! Tech is doing a great job of getting quality players.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
3:41 pm

Tech is getting the right players for the positions we have the most need in

Grove Saint

June 3rd, 2012
3:42 pm

After watching his film I would have to say that his team would be smashed if he played in Georgia. It looked like slow motion football.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
3:45 pm

OK, guys, I am outta here till after 6. I may be late getting online though since 6PM is dinner time. But I will be here as soon as I can. Hope y’all have good afternoons.

Ol'JacketFan

June 3rd, 2012
3:50 pm

Hmmm Grove Saint and your player evaluation credentials are??????? 15 offers for the young man and we should pay attention to your opinion why??????

Ramblin Man

June 3rd, 2012
3:54 pm

This class is really starting to look good. Mustafaa, Christy, Facyson, and Williams make it official and announce. Class is rated #25 so far if you like following those types of things.

Paddy

June 3rd, 2012
3:58 pm

Grove Saint…..The folks in Texas, Florida and Ohio say the same thing about Georgia HS football. That was not very well thought out post!

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

June 3rd, 2012
3:59 pm

Coach Groh needs some help on that defense for sure. Congrats to GT.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 3rd, 2012
4:01 pm

Woof Woof Woof……………….Hahahah

A person SMART enough to know......

June 3rd, 2012
4:04 pm

HATERS………..hear me………..Johnson’s Offense will get TeCH a shot at the ACC CG every year. GT needs D. If we get better D the sky is the limit. Groh can get them a shot at the NFL and an Education to boot. TECH with a good D is KING of the ACC and in BSC/whatever in the future Game.

bitter dawgs fan

June 3rd, 2012
4:05 pm

DUMB——————————-14TH ST —REDNECK

Beast from the East

June 3rd, 2012
4:07 pm

Congrats, young man and congrats to Tech!

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

June 3rd, 2012
4:08 pm

It’s incredible to me that you now have to be at least six feet tall to play D1 football, whether at GT or elsewhere. Are there any sports left for the “short guys” who are only 5′11″? Seriously, it took a long time to get our first commitment for next year, but I really like the looks of the recruits so far. I hope they all have outstanding 4-5 year careers at Tech, both in the classroom and on the field. Whether their aspirations are the NFL or some other career, may their scholarships provide them the ticket they need to fulfill their dreams.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 3rd, 2012
4:10 pm

BITTER___________________mom’s basement Master Bait_–er CHAMP…………..!!!!! SNianndkan__-naoin kacska __________ndnwnn……..Still SUCKIN in HOOVER BAMA on the baseBallz of the Diamond Mutts___________iwefiojsnoc!

Cheetah

June 3rd, 2012
4:15 pm

We are getting some great talent from the state of Maryland! Awesome! Can’t wait to see Kevin on the flats playing with Maryland’s Louis Young. I remember when he was in high school. If Kevin can bring the punch like Louis Young, we’ll be in great shape!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrnQwBRopgM

Warp Speed One

June 3rd, 2012
4:17 pm

Tech is focussed on needs and upgrades.
UGA needs to be concerned – this class will get 2 or 3 victories over the dogs when all is said and done. UGA will probably win in 2012 – but the entire team will be gone and UGA will be in rebuild mode in 2013. Look for GT to start a run against UGA in 2013.

Scotty – beam me up – I am done here!

Cheetah

June 3rd, 2012
4:17 pm

And Attouchu – another Maryland great!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaMVnIaM_94

Macon Mutt

June 3rd, 2012
4:18 pm

hey – warp speed geek – funny – real funny and in your dreams , boy!

Not Disappointed!

June 3rd, 2012
4:25 pm

Great Job on the Jackets!

steverino

June 3rd, 2012
4:25 pm

You’re right, Grove Saint. The state of GA stands among the very best in quality of HS football. If you take population in to consideration, GA is arguably THE best. But a lot of outstanding college and pro players have emerged from the Eastern Seaboard area.

Rick James

June 3rd, 2012
4:27 pm

Wow..Make room for the crystal footbal. He turned down Michigan St.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 3rd, 2012
4:30 pm

Dick James and he turned down UCF too!!!!!!! I guess he he wants to beat the MUTTS 4 times in his life. Like me doing your wife in the back of the Bentley……………

A person SMART enough to know......

June 3rd, 2012
4:34 pm

Dick James HOW MANY Waterford Crystal Footballs are in the BUTT SMEAR building? I guess they are right next to the Bobby Dodd “Coach of the Year” trophies Richt has amassed.

Warp Speed One

June 3rd, 2012
4:48 pm

@ Macon Mutt I am glad to make you laugh. However, UGA is peaking this year. The exodus begins in 8 months and 2013 and 2014 will be rebuild mode for UGA.

Tech will be better than expected in 2012 – might challange for the ACC title game. 2013 will be better as our depth kicks in.

Macon Mutt, I hate to inform you but 2012 UGA will get beat by South Carolina and Florida – also, might get upset by TN or AUB or both.. On talent alone – UGA should beat us this year – but I am convinced our staff is better than UGA’s as the dogs have underachieved with great talent. If Saban or Miles or Urban had the same talent and coached UGA instead of Richt, you would have at least 2 national titles in the last 10 years or so.

So look for UGA to go 9-3 or 8-4 this year – and if lucky 10-2.
In 2013 – look for UGA to go 8-4 at best – probably a 6-6 team.

Scotty – beam me back up – no inteligent life in Athens!

destin dawg

June 3rd, 2012
4:54 pm

Inteligent ??? REALLY Techie ??

Dawg48

June 3rd, 2012
4:55 pm

SS, I’m on fire!

Rick James

June 3rd, 2012
4:55 pm

@A person SMART enough to know……

Dick James and he turned down UCF too!!!!!!! I guess he he wants to beat the MUTTS 4 times in his life. Like me doing your wife in the back of the Bentley……………
———————————————————————————
Ha Ha..I knew that would get going…You cant have my wife,you’re not endowed enough nor can you afford her.

Ol'JacketFan

June 3rd, 2012
4:57 pm

Props to Dawg48 for making the call on Robbins! Any insight on Mustafaa and Rochelle?

destin dawg

June 3rd, 2012
4:58 pm

Good kid good get for GT.. win ‘em all except 1 in Nov..

No Way Jose

June 3rd, 2012
4:59 pm

I don’t see why anyone is getting excited about the 2013 recruiting class when by the end of the 2012 everyone will be screaming for a new coach.

Delbert D.

June 3rd, 2012
5:01 pm

This really makes sense with Robbins wanting play OLB in the 3-4. Another big rangy kid from the D.C./beltway area, like Attaochu. He can become a real physical player in Groh’s defense with some hard work.

No Way Jose

June 3rd, 2012
5:01 pm

Warp Speed One – I’m taking all bets that GT will challenge for the championship game. The truth is you are getting lesser talent every year because your coach is running an offense that was cutting edge 50 years ago.

GtDawg

June 3rd, 2012
5:03 pm

@ Cheetah you said Attouchu(Mr. Personal Foul on 4th and 25) LOL. The play that will be forever known as the play that cost GT the game.

Ol'JacketFan

June 3rd, 2012
5:04 pm

@ No Way…….please tell us, what are your player evaluation credentials????? We should care about your opininon why?????????

Dawg48

June 3rd, 2012
5:05 pm

It took the AJC long enough to put this out, this kid committed to GT yesterday afternoon.
A Georgia recruit could fart in church and it’s posted on the front page in minuets.

Ol'JacketFan

June 3rd, 2012
5:06 pm

LOL@ Dawg48, you got that right!!!!!!!!!!!!

No Way Jose

June 3rd, 2012
5:10 pm

Credentials? I don’t need no f——g credentials.

Ow. I must have hit a nerve.

Paddy

June 3rd, 2012
5:11 pm

Flowert Braqnch Yellow Jacket…….Yes the little guy can still play pro sports. The Avg height of the player in the Baseball Hall of Fame is5′9″. It will probably be 5′11″ in the next 20 yrs!

Ol'JacketFan

June 3rd, 2012
5:12 pm

Yeah Jose, you really got to me…………..sheesh what an effing idiot

No Way Jose

June 3rd, 2012
5:14 pm

Or for credentials I could say:
3 out of 4 or
10 out of 11 or
17 out of 20 or
20 out of 26 or
Do you want to keep going?

No Way Jose

June 3rd, 2012
5:15 pm

Don’t get me wrong. I think Paul Johnson is a great fit fot GT. Like Jerry Faust at Notre Dame or Rin Zook anywhere.

Techmate

June 3rd, 2012
5:16 pm

Welcome, Kevin Robbins, to The Flats – I admire you for being your own man and I admire your mom and dad for raising their son to be his own man. My son did not follow me to Georgia Tech but instead went his own way, got a great education and played for a national championship team in his sport.

We look forward to seeing you and your family in Atlanta. Be well and have a great summer.

What animal eats his own poop?

June 3rd, 2012
5:17 pm

Atlanta is so much more better then a redneck town in Athens. Big city life and the history if GT, or the country and choking like Uga?????