February 6, 2008
Video: Robinson one of the fastest 2008 Spartans
In Michigan State's 2008 recruiting class most of the players are from Michigan and Ohio and most of attended at least one session of Michigan State's summer football camp.
Michigan State Mark Dantonio has used camp as a integral recruiting tool. Camp evaluation led to early offers and early commitments from a number of this year's in-state recruits including Bay City Central's Trenton Robinson, a gifted sprinter with a great deal of upside on the football field.
A Detroit Free Press Dream Team selection, Robinson committed to the Spartans at a time when he had received very little recruiting attention. But Dantonio saw in Robinson a great deal of raw ability and athleticism to burn.
"When I talk to the coaches, they tell me that they love my speed and that they like my attitude," Robinson told SpartanMag.com earlier this winter. "They also like the way I close on the ball. I had a pretty good senior season, but I am hoping I can go to Michigan State and have even more of an impact."
SpartanMag.com has had the opportunity to watch a lot of tape of Robinson in action last fall as a senior at Bay City Central. And from the first time we hit the play button on the DVD player, it was clear that the future Spartan had a whole lot of speed.
When he was a junior, Robinson played more running back than he did receiver. As a senior, Robinson played more receiver than running back. During the past two years, Robinson was also the Wolves' top defensive back.
Robinson committed during the summer and took his official visit to Michigan State in November. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound defensive back chose the Spartans over offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, and a host of MAC schools including Central, Eastern, and Western.
Robinson had 45 tackles at cornerback for Bay City Central, which lost to Division 2 runner-up in the second round of the playoffs. The future Spartan recovered two fumbles and recorded four interceptions even though most teams thought twice before throwing to Robinson's side of the field.
Robinson rushed for 472 yards as a senior and recorded 16 receptions for 238 yards catching the ball out of the backfield for the Wolves.
Robinson and future teammate Spartan teammate Myles White will be among the favorites to win the state 100-meter title this year.
Robinson will be an integral part of Bay City Central's track team this season. One of the state's top sprinters, Robinson will run the 100, 200, the 4x100 relay and the 4x200 relay. Robinson will anchor both relays for the Wolves.
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