Irvington, N.J. star Nathaniel Robinson is the only five-star defensive tackle in the Rivals100.com star rankings released on Wednesday. That means that the 6-foot-4, 319-pound blue-chipper is the top defensive tackle in the country. It also means that one team is going to get very lucky when they sign him in February.
“I really don’t have a top five right now, it’s more like a top ten,” Robinson said. “In no order, I like Miami, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Nebraska, Tennessee and Pitt.”
Robinson hopes to visit some schools this summer and narrow things down by the time his senior season starts. Then he’ll take official visits to make his final decision. Robinson was recently down at Virginia for their second junior day.
“It went really well down there,” said Robinson. “They gave us a tour of the campus and then the football field. Then coach Groh gave us a speech about what they look for in a player. After that we went with our position coach and watched some film. Before we left, coach Groh gave us another speech and then he spent an hour with me and my parents. We spent the weekend in Virginia, it was nice.”
Robinson knows what he wants in a school.
“I want a school that will allow me the opportunity to move on to the NFL,” he said. “I also want a school with good academics.”
As a junior, Robinson had 68 tackles and 14 sacks. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds and can dunk a basketball.