Colorado State got bigger and more athletic along the defensive front over the weekend when Charlotte (NC) Charlotte Christian defensive end Adrian Robinson verbally committed to CSU head coach Jim McElwain.
Robinson, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound pass rusher that has the potential to move around and play multiple spots around the edge in CSU's 3-4 alignment, decided that Colorado State was indeed the right fit for him a week after officially visiting the school.
"I would say the coaches and the players," Robinson explained as the reasons for his commitment. "When I went up on my visit, all of the coaches were really, really friendly. They all seemed to want me there. They paid special attention to me I guess.
"All the players seemed really cool and I can see myself hanging out with all those guys and becoming good friends with them."
Robinson was recruited to CSU by Rams quarterbacks coach Billy Napier. Ultimately, he chose CSU over offers from several Ivy League and nearby schools, including Brown, UMass, Columbia, Elon, Coastal Carolina, and UNC-Charlotte.
With the potential for more offers, Robinson didn't feel the need to wait any longer or take anymore visits.
"I could just see myself there and it felt like the right place. I didn't want to waste the perfect opportunity to make Colorado State my home," Robinson added.
He said the Rams offered him a few weeks prior to his December 7th trip to Fort Collins. Junior-to-be Austin Gray served as his player host.
"Whenever we were hanging out, all the guys were just talking about how great Colorado State was going to be next year and how much they needed good players. They kept saying that they really wanted me there, and they really wanted me to be a part of the team and the family.
"So that's where the bond started. All of the recruits and all of the current players were saying that, so that really made me feel like I should be there."
As expected, Coach Mac and Coach Napier were both very excited to hear the news of his commitment.
"Coach Mac was ecstatic. He called it an early Christmas present," Robinson said of McElwain's reaction when he told him of his commitment. "He was excited when I told him I wanted to go there because he really wanted me there. Coach Napier was really happy about it, too."
Robinson said he will play defensive end at Colorado State. He added that the staff will likely redshirt him his first year so he can add weight to his 6-6, 240-pound frame.
"They want to get me a lot bigger and stronger so I'll be prepared for my first year of actual playing."
The talented pass rusher, who had seven sacks, around seventy tackles and 11 tackles for loss this season, said that his technique is what makes him stand out on the football field.
"I'd say my fundamentals, like using my hands and quick feet, are my strongpoint," he explained.
Robinson is CSU's fourteenth known commitment for the class of 2013. He is also the fourth defensive end to pledge to the Rams, joining Austin Berk, Tim Coleman and Josh Lovingood.