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.


24 Responses to “Penn State Recruit: Northview Chief Neiko Robinson’s Big Dreams”

  1. shanteria robinson on February 14th, 2013 4:55 pm

    Good Job Cuzzo Enterin In With The Big League

  2. JW on July 22nd, 2012 10:12 pm

    Are you sure you want to play for a University that just went through all this.They just took Paternos statue down and they are talking about penaltys.Probation for Penn State.Wont be able to play for a national title and on and on.Wont get much recruits there because of whats going on.Im glad its just a verbal..Florida State should be sounding real good rightabout now

  3. Football Fan on June 8th, 2012 12:13 pm

    Congrats on the scholarship! Sorry to see local talent going to Penn State but wish you all the best!

  4. ashley joiner on June 7th, 2012 7:05 pm

    YAY!!!! GO Neiko!!! :) can’t wait to see you play nextyear:) GO CHIEFS!!

  5. Blackcat Fan @ Heart on June 7th, 2012 3:23 pm

    Congratulations Neiko. Make Century proud.

  6. Bob johnson on June 6th, 2012 5:14 pm

    Good Luck Neiko

  7. Blue & White Fan on June 6th, 2012 4:30 pm

    Welcome to the PSU family, Neiko! We’re excited to be expanding our recruiting base and are happy to see you believe in the direction our football program is heading. If you work hard you will earn a degree that is hard to beat.

    You will love your first trip to Happy Valley!

  8. Ced on June 6th, 2012 2:34 pm

    Congradulation Neiko!!!! Ryheem you’re next!!! Then Nino and then whoever else kids needs help. We can’t give up or refuse to help these kids because of what school they attend. They are still BLACKCATS no matter where they go. So in the future let’s lend a hand whereever there is talent. If we know the coach is dropping the ball let’s pick it up. All these kids are Div 1 prospects.

  9. JG on June 5th, 2012 6:34 pm

    Why does all news on North Escambia have to go to a negative place?
    CONGRATS TO NEIKO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. women of god on June 5th, 2012 5:09 pm

    Congrats to mi nephew.I’m proud of you and keep up the good work.Luv u nephew.

  11. wow on June 5th, 2012 3:51 pm

    We here in Century are so proud of Neiko…and if Rhyeem was my son he would be playing football for the Northview Chiefs. He should have transfered with the Robinson twins both boys are great athletes and we all are proud of them

  12. Blackcat on June 5th, 2012 2:45 pm

    WOW!!! They took them to a football camp at Ole Miss.. Every high school goes to college football camps. It’s just that Flomaton Coaches dont make there players Hi-Lite films or nothing. Neiko came to Northview and a Coach from Northview made his hi-lite film from his season at Flomaton. Why couldn’t a Flomaton coach have done that. Smh. Look on YouTube u see alot of player from northview hi-Lite films but u see no ones from Flomaton. Ryheem should have a hi-lite film on YouTube. He might as well come on back cross the state line to his home town and play his senior year.

  13. Tammy on June 5th, 2012 2:19 pm

    Don’t knock the Flomaton Coach’s I understand they took a few Kids to OLE MIss the past week,,,

  14. NITTANY LION FAN!!! on June 5th, 2012 10:27 am

    Been a PSU fan all of my life! I have my new favorite player already!!! MAKE US PROUD!!!!!! Do it for JoePa!!! WE ARE PENN STATE!!!

  15. queen b on June 5th, 2012 10:24 am

    Congratulations!!!! It is so exciting to see someone from our area get this great opportunity. I have watched this kid grow up and I know his parents are so proud!!!! Way to be a role model for other boys to look up to and see what someone can accomplish with hard work!!!!

  16. Kelly Gurganus on June 5th, 2012 10:09 am

    Congratulations Neiko from your favorite teacher!

  17. Quin Velez on June 5th, 2012 8:42 am

    Congratulations on your decision to accept Penn State’s scholarship offer. I wish you both academic and athletic success!

  18. WOODY on June 5th, 2012 8:13 am


  19. Willie Green on June 5th, 2012 8:04 am

    We are flattered that Neiko would accept our invitation without even having visited our campus. Needless to say, we are proud of our University and the educational opportunities that we offer to our student athletes. And we sincerely hope that we live up to Neiko’s expectations as we welcome him into our Nittany Lion family.

    Welcome to Happy Valley, Neiko!

  20. John koveleskie on June 5th, 2012 7:54 am

    Welcome to Happy Valley! You made an outstanding choice! Best of luck to you. Welcome to the PSU family! We have the greatest fans in the world, including, the largest alumni in the country. Wait until you play in front of our whiteout games. Your in for an experience you will never forget!

  21. 'Cane Fan on June 5th, 2012 7:49 am

    It SO great for this young man, as a ‘Cane I am sad & ashamed that he had no assistance while in the FHS program! It amazes me how he could play a few years @ Flomaton & not once get looked @ & goes to Northview & gets an offer before he even plays 1 game! Will the people of Flomaton WAKE UP! How many of the truly talented kids will never make it to a college because of money or the lack thereof & there could be scholarships waiting to happen if they had someone to just stand up for them & work for them! Being a coach is not just about trying to win Fri nite ball games. It’s about being a mentor, role model & supporter of these young kids! So many coaches ego gets in the way of helping kids reach their full potential! So sad….I sure miss those Blackcat/Hurricane days where each side has such great coaches & mentors! Looks like Northview carried on that tradition! When can Flomaton do the same?

  22. well on June 5th, 2012 6:43 am

    You have opened some good doors for yourself. Now stay focused and be a great influence on others around you! Welcome to Northview and good luck!!!

  23. blue boy on June 5th, 2012 5:18 am

    Thank God for young men like this, not all stories in the are bad for teenager.
    Make us proud and stay focused and hang with positive people.

  24. James on June 5th, 2012 3:51 am

    Congratulations. Penn State is a great school. Best of luck.

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