Well, this wasn’t overly a mystery. The Hokies had led in Robinson’s crystal ball for a long time- he named the Hokies his leader back in January and there’s been no big shift toward anything different. Robinson is one of the better recruits in the state of Virginia for this cycle: 14th in the state per 247, 6th per Rivals, and 16th per ESPN. Kind of a broad disparity, really. In fact, Robinson has mixed rankings to match. 247 has him at a mid-grade three star 87 (599th nationally, 54th athlete), and ESPN as a low- to mid-grade three star 77 (54th athlete, not ranked nationally- though unless you’re in the top 300, ESPN doesn’t rank you). But Rivals has him as the 232nd player nationally and the 17th ranked athlete nationally. Other schools that competed with Virginia Tech for his commitment include Maryland, Nebraska, South Carolina, Ohio State, and Virginia. He also had offers from Duke, Boston College, Tennessee, FAU, ODU, and Rutgers, among others. Being both a 757 recruit and probably a slot receiver, his two main recruiters were Zohn Burden and Holmon Wiggins. He’s the 11th commitment to the class of 2019 and the fifth Virginian to join.
This is pretty cut and dry, no drama; let’s get to the tape.
Tayvion Robinson (Virginia Beach, VA. 5’-10”, 165lbs. Athlete/Wide Receiver)
Robinson fits the typical Virginia high school athletics mold of ‘super-athletic kid that just outclasses everyone so let him play everywhere’. The tape has him at corner, at safety, at wide receiver, at quarterback, and at punt returner. So his tape is hard to evaluate as to what position he’s going to play, but I have a really good feeling it’s likely slot receiver. That’s fine; let him be that kind of player- maybe a skinnier Antwaan Randle El for all you Hokies and Redskins fans out there who remember the former Indiana product that did a little bit of everything for those teams over a solid career. Robinson’s best skills are his agility and his field awareness- he’s quite good at finding the right holes and spaces to escape through for the best effect. ESPN has his 40 logged as a 4.87; I’m not sure if I believe he’s THAT slow, but he very well could be making up for it with his quickness on the field rather than in straight-line speed. Either way no matter where he shows up in film his field awareness. He’s more than willing to run into the middle of the field or right into danger rather than just trying to run away from everything, and he will come up and make hard tackles if he plays defense. His ball senses are pretty good, and his hands will have to get some practice since wide receiver isn’t his primary position, but I think he definitely has a spot on an FBS team as a scholarship athlete.
Welcome to the Hokies, Tayvion!