While I can’t particularly remember the date that Neiko committed, I will undoubtedly remember the buzz that day. “Penn State got a recruit from Florida?!?!” The first Florida recruit that most of us can remember has faxed his letter of intent to Bill O’Brien and the Nittany Lions. And Neiko isn’t just another Florida guy, he was named to the Florida Class 1A First Team, despite missing the early part of the season.
Neiko had a roller-coaster of a senior season. After serving a suspension for an on-field altercation, he ended the season with a state championship. His recruitment ride was similar. After being offered in early June, he committed just a few days later, despite never having visited Penn State. During the season, Neiko grew anxious because the PSU coaches wanted him to wait until after the season to take his official visit. He was offered by Minnesota and even took an official with the Gophers in October. In the end, the staff just wanted Robinson to come on a less hectic weekend when he could get some more individual attention and get a better feel for the campus.
Robinson visited Penn State in mid-January and said that it was everything he had hoped and more.
The consensus three star safety is of the hard-hitting variety. His highlight reel is full of big hits. He also shows good enough ball skills and plenty of speed. Some defensive backs enter college with at least a possibility of playing wide receiver at some point. I don’t think that’s the case with Neiko, as he seems to enjoy hitting too much.
The Penn State secondary is thin and both starting safeties will be seniors. If Neiko Robinson doesn’t see the field at some point this year, he almost certainly will in 2014, maybe even as a starter.
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