Westfield defensive end Jacob Robinson commits to Indiana

Westfield defensive end Jacob Robinson posted on Twitter that he has committed to Indiana. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder also had an offer from Wisconsin among others. More to come.

UPDATE:

Westfield defensive end Jacob Robinson always wanted to play in the Big Ten, and in the spring of his junior year he was presented with even more opportunities to do so than he expected.

Robinson recently received an offer from Wisconsin and had a visit to Madison scheduled for May 20. However, he instead decided on Friday to take the first offer he received from his state school and commit to Indiana. He announced his commitment via Twitter. He becomes Indiana’s second verbal commitment in the Class of 2015.

Robinson, a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, also had offers from Minnesota, Illinois, and Northwestern among Big Ten schools as well as Cincinnati, Boston College, Wake Forest, Toledo and Western Michigan. Westfield coach Jake Gilbert said Stanford had been to Westfield to see him twice and he was expecting even more attention.

“I think they’re getting a good one,” Gilbert said. “… I’m happy to see the state university get a good kid like that and I’m happy to send a kid like that to the state university. (Indiana coach Kevin) Wilson has done a great job recruiting the state and I’ll be excited to go down there and watch him.”

Robinson is listed at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, but much of what makes him an attractive recruit is how much growth potential he has. Gilbert said he believes that by the end of his second season at Indiana, he should be about 6-5, 280 pounds.

“He’s still growing height-wise,” Gilbert said. “He’s close to 6-5 as it is, he’s about 240 to 245 pounds and he’s just not physically mature. Also, he’s a great lifter. He’s an awesome weight room kid. As he develops, he has a frame that he can put a lot of weight on. Every single team that recruited him said, ‘Wow, he is way bigger than we thought and he’s going to get a lot bigger than that.”

Gilbert said Robinson moved from linebacker to defensive end as a sophomore in high school. He said Robinson still plays like a linebacker, in some ways, but can hold his own on the line of scrimmage. He had 68 tackles, including 9.5 for loss last season, captaining Westfield to a 12-2 record and a spot in the Class 5A state title game where it lost to Cathedral.

“He moves well,” Gilbert said. “He plays hard and moves well and he’s tough to run away from. He’s coming at all times. He’s big and strong enough to play defensive end and he’s really good at point of attack. He’s not a special pass rusher, but he’s a good pass rusher and he’s a very good run defender. He can take away a side of the field. He’s tough to run away from too. He gets off blocks and pursues hard.”

How and when he grows will determine how he’s used at Indiana, which is implementing a 3-4 front under new defensive coordinator Brian Knorr this season.

“I think they’ve talked about having him as a stand-up (outside linebacker) who plays into the boundary and rushes off the edge,” Gilbert said. “But I think in the long term they see him down there in that defensive end spot. I think he’s going to get a lot bigger. I think from an physical standpoint, early on he can play outside but as he gets older, he’ll move inside.”

And he can do that, Gilbert said, because he has a lot of athletic versatility. On offense at Westfield, he’s been used as a tight end, short-yardage running back and backup quarterback, and if the Shamrocks are in need of line help this year, he’ll play offensive tackle. He’s also a pitcher on the Westfield baseball team.

And, Gilbert said, he operates as a captain wherever he plays.

“He’s a great leader,” Gilbert said. “The entire team practices better when he’s out there. He’s just a fantastic kid.”

10 comments

  1. This is a big-time pickup. He’s a clear Big Ten talent from the state of Indiana, and comes in at a position that’s critical to building a solid defense.

    Very excited that Jacob will be joining us.

  2. Any time you beat out Wisconsin for a football player, you’re probably getting a solid Big Ten talent. More good news.

  3. Good get CKW and staff. This kid is 6′ 4″ 230 and still has a year of high school to complete. Welcome aboard young Mr. Robinson. Feel free to make our opponent’s backfield your neighborhood. Go Hoosiers!

  4. “He’s probably a soft momma’s boy like Luke Fischer and wanted to stay close to home,” said a Crean apologist.

  5. The attention from the Badgers has nothing to do with how good this player is. He is 4* material.

  6. Maybe IU should reduce some of CTC’s three million/year salary and give it to coach Wilson.

  7. This is a perfect recruit: big, strong, getting bigger and stronger, wanted by other B1G schools, from IN, and a defensive player! Way to go Coach Wilson!

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