Penn State Recruit: Northview Chief Neiko Robinson’s Big Dreams
June 5, 2012
It’s a long way from Century, Florida, to University Park, Pennsylvania — just over 1,000 miles to be exact. And there’s a huge difference between the Northview Chiefs stadium and Beaver Stadium at The Pennsylvania State University, the second largest stadium in the western hemisphere and the fourth largest in the world with a record crowd of 110,753.
But everything Penn State Nittany Lions is all part of the big dreams of Neiko Robinson of Century, a rising senior at Northview who is working to make his dreams a reality.
The list of schools recruiting the 5-11, 170-pound safety was impressive with Penn State, Alabama, Florida State, the University of South Alabama, North Texas, Louisiana Tech and others paying him a visit or watching practices at Northview in Bratt.
When Penn State made an offer Friday, it didn’t take Robinson long to accept. Sunday night, he made the verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions on the phone with head coach Bill O’Brien — he’s the man that replaced legendary Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno.
“It’s a good school,” Robinson said about Penn State. “They are building their program again to be what it used to be in the past. I like where the coaching staff is going. They want guys that can be game changers, and I think I can do that on the defensive side.”
To date, Robinson has not visited the Penn State campus. He is the first Penn State football scholarship recruit from Florida in more than a decade.
“I want to be part of that and be there for four years of winning,” he added.
Robinson is transferring from the nearby Flomaton Hurricanes, where was part of last season’s 11-2 team. He racked up 93 tackles and returned three interceptions for touchdowns last year for the ‘Canes.
The future Nittany Lion, however, is now a Northview Chief, looking forward to his first season on the field at Bratt and fulfilling another dream before heading to Penn State.
“I’m looking for the state championship,” Robinson said.