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Lovejoy defensive end/linebacker Veion Robinson became the latest Wildcat player to commit to a college when he announced he will attend Middle Tennessee State next fall.
JONESBORO — Lovejoy defensive end/linebacker Veion Robinson committed to Middle Tennessee State to become the fifth Wildcat to accept a college football scholarship offer for the 2013 season.
Robinson, who also considered Tulane, Kansas State and Furman — and garnered late interest from Miami and defending SEC champion Louisiana State — said that his decision to join the Blue Raiders was based on what they saw in him as a player now, as opposed to the future.
“Other coaches were saying to gain 30 more pounds or were wanting to see more film of me moving in space,” Robinson said. “But Middle Tennessee was talking about taking me as I was and progressing with me and seeing me succeed. They really acted like they wanted me. And (head) coach (Rick) Stockstill told me that he would be a friend first and a coach second and that I could come to him about anything. I’ll always kept that in my mind.”
As a senior, Robinson has helped the Lovejoy defense become one of the stingiest units in the state. The 2011 state runner-up Wildcats posted eight shutouts last year and held opponents to less than five points per game.
This year’s unit has also started strong, holding Mundy’s Mill to just six points in the opener and stifling Colquitt County’s offense in Moultrie last Friday, holding the Packers to just 212 total yards, albeit in a 14-7 loss.
Unofficially, Robinson had two tackles for loss, a sack and two forced fumbles against Colquitt. He said he may play some at linebacker against Alpharetta this Friday after fellow teammate Demarcus Gates went down with an injury.
Regardless of where he lines up, Robinson said he feels lighter after making his decision. He says he is now free to focus solely on helping Lovejoy make an encore performance in the playoffs this season.
“It’s just a huge weight lifted off my shoulders,” Robinson said.