Tennessee isn’t exactly a hotbed for West Virginia recruits, but WVU head coach Neal Brown has still sent out offers to a few talented recruits who will be committing in the coming years. One of those players is Nathan Robinson.
2023 3-star inside linebacker/defensive end Robinson (6-foot-5, 245 pounds) plays high school football for Greenbrier High School in Greenbrier, Tennessee. The rising junior also has offers from Akron, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.
WVU’s King of the Climb camp on June 10th allowed Robinson to make his way to Morgantown, and after a long, hot camp, his effort was rewarded with a WVU offer.
Robinson originally heard from WVU from defensive recruiting coordinator Trey Neyer, who invited him to the camp, and while he was attending the camp, WVU defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach Jordan Lesley and defensive line coach Andrew Jackson made the biggest impact with Robinson.
When Robinson was officially given his WVU offer, he said all his hard work paying off was definitely exciting.
With Brown’s coaching history and WVU’s penchant for playing close games — winning every so often — against the top Big 12 teams down, Robinson has a loose knowledge about WVU.
“I know that coach Brown came from Troy a couple of years ago, I believe, and that West Virginia as a whole usually is up there competing for a Big 12 championship and that they always play spoiler for teams like Oklahoma and Baylor and Texas,” Robinson told WVSN.
If Brown can change the fortunes of WVU’s future, as many recent recruits have been persuaded he can do, WVU may soon be serving as a leading member in the conference.
Regardless, while Robinson doesn’t have a visit to WVU planned until next summer at the earliest, he does plan to make it to Morgantown for a game this season.
In the meantime, Robinson will return to Greenbrier — after a busy summer schedule that featured June camps with Tennessee, Auburn, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Rivals — for his junior season. As a sophomore, Robinson racked up 19 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack in five games.
With excellent size, and more time to continue to refine his frame, and the ability to rush off the edge and from the middle of the defense, Robinson’s game is well-suited for the next level.
With some time until he finally makes his college decision, he’s just soaking up the experience and preparing for the next level.
“The process has been great, I’ve had a good time,” Robinson said. “It’s definitely a lot to think about and handle, but I’d say it’s worth it. I don’t really have a timeline for commitment. I think it’ll be anywhere from right before my senior season to right after it.”