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Elijah Robinson: Standing out through strong performances

In his home state of New Jersey, there are few wide receivers who have greater numbers than Elijah J. Robinson. In his junior season with Montclair High School, Robinson had an impressive 23 catches for 5 touchdowns. He nearly averaged 35 yards per catch. Now in his senior year, Robinson already has around 18 catches and ten touchdowns. He had two touchdowns in a 35-0 win over West Essex.

Robinson currently has scholarship offers from Rutgers, Temple and Old Dominion. Robinson also mentioned that he has recently spoken to recruiters from Penn State. Robinson received his three offers early on but he is hopeful there are more to come. Montclair High School’s football Coach John Fiore said he has helped Robinson in his recruiting journey.

“Robinson’s offers started to cool down a bit when he didn’t really talk to anybody,” Fiore said. “Now he’s starting to heat up again so hopefully some great opportunities will arise for him.”

Montclair High School is currently 3-4 on the season and they will have to win their next game to make the playoffs. They helped their cause by defeating West Essex 35-0 on Halloween. Despite their slow start, Coach Fiore is hopeful that his team can reach the playoffs and finish the season well.

“We’re not having one of our stellar years yet,” Fiore said. “ If we get to the playoffs we can make a run.”

At 6-feet-2-inches, Robinson is able to chase the ball down easily from the air. He also said his route running precision is one of his biggest strengths. With his speed and technique, Robinson is able to stand out as one of the top receivers in New Jersey. Despite his success, Robinson believes there is always room for improvement.

“I’ve been playing OK so far, but nothing compared to last season,” Robinson said. “The game I had on Saturday was probably one of the best game I have ever had in my high school career. So that’s a great improvement.”

Robinson mentioned that he has gotten better by going out and working on his technique whenever he can. He also emphasized the importance of staying focused on and off the field. This focus has helped him develop into the player he is now.

“He’s been growing in leaps and bounds,” Coach Fiore said. “He has matured greatly. These last few years he has been a very explosive wideout.”

In terms of a school, Robinson mentioned that he isn’t sure when he’s going to make his final decision. Robinson said he wants to go somewhere comfortable. Somewhere with a good atmosphere and good welcoming coaches.

“I have been to this type of place at Old Dominion,” Robinson said. “I loved it down there.”

Until the time comes for him to decide, Robinson said he will focus on the present. With his team only a game away from making the playoffs, Robinson said he would do his best to lead them.

“My goal for the rest of the season is to win,” Robinson explained. “I’m going to play to the best of my ability and hopefully we will make the playoffs.”

Juan Herrera

Juan Herrera

Recruiting Writer at The Left Bench
I am a recruiting writer at The Left Bench. I'm a big Manchester United, Packers, Baltimore Orioles and Washington Wizards fan; it's a weird mix. Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, Class of 2018.
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I am a recruiting writer at The Left Bench. I'm a big Manchester United, Packers, Baltimore Orioles and Washington Wizards fan; it's a weird mix. Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, Class of 2018.