Like many other Ohio State recruiting targets, Class of 2015 New York defensive end Austrian Robinson was impressed watching as the Buckeyes beat high-powered Oregon, 42-20, Monday to win the national championship.
The game was a statement for Ohio State, the finishing touch on a run that included wins over some of the top teams in the country and justification for why the Buckeyes are so optimistic regarding their returning group of players.
Some players — such as highly-rated Class of 2016 running back Kareem Walker — verbally committed to Ohio State during the run, eager to join forces with the talent-rich Buckeyes and help them maintain this level of success.
I asked Robinson, a top target of Maryland's, how he felt watching the game Monday night, whether it excited him about the potential of going to Ohio State or if he was more enthusiastic about being a part of beating a team coming off the type of season Ohio State had.
"Right now, I would probably go with the guys trying to take them [down] just because beating whoever is at the top is always nice," said the 6-foot-4, 270-pound Robinson, whom Rivals.com rates as a three-star prospect.
Robinson said Maryland remains the No. 1 school on his list over Miami, Mississippi and Ohio State.
Robinson took an official visit to Maryland on Dec. 6 and said he is in frequent contact with Terps outside linebackers coach Lyndon Johnson, whose primary recruiting areas include upstate New York.
"I know he told me that he really just enjoyed the people that he met at Maryland," said Robinson's high school coach at Trinity-Pawling, Nick LaFontaine. "I know Lyndon Johnson has done a really good job with him. He's been very thorough. He's been relentless. So Austrian feels very comfortable with Lyndon, so I think all that stuff is part of it and I think the level of play in the Big Ten and all that kind of stuff."
Robinson said he will make a decision on where to sign around National Signing Day on Feb. 4, after he takes official visits to the other schools in his recently released top four.
He will take an official visit to Miami this weekend, an official visit to Mississippi next week and one to Ohio State on Jan. 30.
"I'm just going to see the rest of the schools to make sure that one of those isn't a better fit or a good fit and just making sure that I see all the schools and that there's no doubt," said Robinson, who was also offered scholarships by Penn State, Rutgers and several other respected FBS programs. "Where I commit I'm staying at, so I just want to make sure with the four schools that I'm interested in that I take the visit just to make sure I see what they're all about."