For weeks now, I've been asking a friend of mine in the scouting business to please cut up film of the Florida state title game. I explained to him that as director of SB Nation's recruiting, I felt bad for the Penn State recruiting guys, who do a great job covering recruiting despite Penn State not having a shot at the vast majority of elite players it once coveted.
The reason I wanted the state title game? Neiko Robinson. The three-star safety out of Bratt (Fla.) Northview High School was excellent for his team in the title game. He was all over the field making plays. Interceptions? Yep. Big hits? That, too. Picking through traffic? Indeed. Oh, and special teams.
And I think Robinson is a good representative of the fine scouting job Penn State is doing. Getting on recruits earlier than everyone else is one way in which The Nittany Lions can overcome some of the impact of the sanctions. [Insert "back then they didn't want me, now I'm hot they all on me" joke here.]
Robinson is listed at 5'11 and 170 pounds, but he looked bigger than that, and I think his future is at safety.
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