Revisiting The Penn State Recruiting Class Of 2013-DB Neiko Robinson

I held off on writing on today’s subject, Neiko Robinson, until the start of camp for a couple of reasons.  One, I went into this summer with the expectation that Neiko would make a serious push for playing time this fall once he got on campus.  And two, I was not sure he was going to get to campus.  However, after working out a transcript issue and taking a summer class, Robinson arrived on campus and took the field for the start of practice on Monday.

Neiko was something of an unknown when he committed to Penn State in early June of 2012.  At the time, he was the first sign of Penn State’s renewed recruiting efforts in Florida.  While his only BCS level offers came from PSU, Minnesota, and Purdue, a strong case can be made that Robinson stayed under the radar for much of his high school career.  He transferred to a larger school prior to his senior season, only to miss several games after an on field altercation.

Robinson likely projects as a safety, and could be looking at a redshirt year after not arriving on campus until this month.  If he plays this season, I would anticipate his biggest impact coming on special teams, as the safety depth chart appears in good shape.  However, injuries or a lack of production could open up time if he is ready.  Once he does see the field, fans can expect a hard hitting, big play type of player.

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  • Willie Green

    I doubt if Neiko will play special teams if he hasn’t practiced with them yet either. He may be an instinctive player and hard hitter, but you can’t just put him out on the field with special teams and pray that he figures it out quickly all by himself.

    The coaching staff has done a great job of addressing the DB depth issues that we had last year. Special teams may not all be starters at other positions, but they will be more experienced players who have practiced these situations.

    My guess is that Neiko and Kasey Gaines will both collect a redshirt while they learn the ropes and pay their dues on O’Brien’s “Dirty Show” this year.