The nation's No. 1 defensive tackle from the 2003 recruiting year is staying close to home. Big Nate Robinson will be playing for Rutgers.
"I visited today and decided to commit," said the 6-foot-4, 319-pounder who had been a Miami commitment prior to this past week. "Rutgers has always been there for me, I feel good about the coaching staff and it's close to home. I know I can make an impact there."
Robinson, who had more than 40 offers, had been sold on Miami from nearly the beginning of the recruiting process last year. However, the 'Canes never seemed to expect him to qualify.
"I think they thought I'd prep or delay my enrollment," he said. "But when I qualified, I got a letter saying I hadn't met their qualifications. It was a shock and they said I was 20 points shy, but it all works out in the end. I am happy with my decision to help Rutgers turn things around."
But how solid is the big man?
"I'm 100-percent sure it's Rutgers," he said. "I'm not visiting North Carolina as some folks said. I'm a Scarlet Knight."
Robinson is ready to begin practice next week and is almost fully recovered from a knee injury that ended his senior season prematurely.
"I'm 90-percent on the knee," he said. "I'm ready to go. Practice starts on Tuesday and I hope to start this season. I can't wait for the game with Miami."