Name: Alton Robinson
Position: Defensive End
Hometown: Converse, Tex.
High School: Judson
2017 Stats: Started 10 games and played in 12 for the Syracuse Orange. Robinson had 30 tackles, including 6.5 for loss and his five sacks led the team. He was a terror mid-season, and had two sacks against FSU.
2018 Projection: Considering he showed up to camp pretty late last year and still put up some impressive numbers, it’ll be interesting to see Robinson in action after an entire offseason with Syracuse’s staff and system. Double-digit sacks would be a stretch, especially in this scheme. But Robinson could get close, while also closing off the edge to the run (a problem last year).
How’d He Get Here? Once a Texas A&M commit, a criminal investigation stopped him from suiting up for the Aggies. Those charges were fully dismissed before he arrived at SU last summer, though. He joined the Orange after one season at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, picking Syracuse over offers from Kentucky, Colorado State and Oklahoma State. He was also signed with New Mexico State at one point during his second recruitment process.
What’d Recruiting Sites Say? During his first recruitment period, he was a four-star according to ESPN. On the second time around, 247Sports did not rate him, but Rivals said he was a three-star.
Money Quote: From Dino: “... we think he might be good. We’ve gotta see a whole bunch of practices and see what he is.”
(Robinson was playing in week one)
Twitterfeed: @robinson_alton (smart man)
Tweets of Wonder: Didn’t take long for everyone to notice the impact Robinson was having for Syracuse...
Sheesh. What a hit on Blackman by Syracuse DE Alton Robinson, who shook FSU OL Derrick Kelly with a jab step. #Noles— Orlando Sentinel-FSU (@osfsu) November 4, 2017
What movie would Dino Babers recommend for him? Robinson is a pretty common last name, so lots of angles for us here. But Dino seems like he enjoys classic 1967 film, “The Graduate,” including the song “Mrs. Robinson” which was written specifically for the movie’s soundtrack. Alton’s not graduating yet, though if he has a very strong season, perhaps he considers skipping that step and taking a look at the NFL (long shot right now, but a big fall can change a lot of things).
Interesting Nugget O’Interest: He’s signed with three different schools — Texas A&M, NMSU and Syracuse -- but has only enrolled at one of them. Bet there aren’t a ton of players on any roster that can say the same.
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