When looking at states that produce the most NFL talent on a yearly basis, Florida, Texas and California are a lock to be in the top five states. Florida has always been a state that the Pitt football program has recruited but those other two, not so much.
However, that appears to be changing with the addition of Brennan Marion to the Panthers staff. Since taking over as Pitt’s wide receivers coach, Marion has targeted those states, in particular sophomores and freshman. The obvious reason for that is to use the next couple of years to attempt to build a strong relationship before becoming time to make a college decision.
Another example of this occurred over the weekend as Marion and Pitt decided to offer freshman wide receiver Jason Robinson II from Long Beach, California. This was big news for Robinson because it was his first Division-I offer. Following the news from Marion, Robinson received his second offer from Arizona State.
“Today was just an exciting day, it really was,” Robinson told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I woke up and never expected it. The first thing I saw was for me to give Pitt a call. When I got the news, I went crazy because I didn’t think it was coming this soon. I had to process things because getting that type of news didn’t feel real but it sure felt good.
“Coach told me that he’s had his eye on me for a while and keeping tabs on me. He told me that he saw everything that he needed to see. Loves the dedication I have and the work ethic that I have. The thing I can tell about Coach Marion is that he’s a coach with great energy and seemed excited to talk and offer me.”
Despite being so young, Robinson has a mature presence and carries himself like a much older teenager. That maturity carried over to when asked about himself as a receiver and his on the field strengths.
2024 WR and Cali up and coming national recruit from Los Alamitos @ActionJason7 told us earlier today that he's officially transferring and relocating to Texas. Jason Robinson II will be attending MacArthur High in Texas. 📈 pic.twitter.com/msH0fTNhkC
— Football Recruit. (@FootballRecruit) February 27, 2021
— Big Homie (@MrJasonRobinson) February 18, 2021
“I’m a route runner and have practiced and focused on that part of my game since I started playing,” said Robinson. “Since I’ve been young, I’ve been practicing running routes, routes, routes because even if you don’t have some of those other skills, being a good route runner can bail you out of situations. Even if you’re not as fast or maybe as strong as another player, if you can run really good routes, you can beat the opposing player with technique and skill.
“I’ve developed that mindset because I used to be smaller than everyone else so I knew that having my footwork right and being able to make quick cuts and twitches would allow me to beat people that are bigger than me.”
— Jason Robinson JR (@JasonR0binsonJR) February 22, 2021
Robinson is expected to become a national recruit so these first two offers from Pitt and Arizona State will be the beginning of what should be a busy couple of years for this skilled wide out.
“I’m ready for this and this is something that I’ve prayed for and am looking forward to. All my life I’ve wanted this and am ready for the attention and what’s ahead. This is something I’ve dreamed about and still get butter flies over,” said Robinson.
Robinson told PSN that he and his family are moving from Long Beach, California to MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas. Robinson will be a player Pitt will be tracking and the Panthers are a team that he won’t forget about.
“This is big because it’s my first,” he said. “Because they were the first to believe in me, they will always be in my mind. Anytime I get another offer or look over my list of offers, I’ll always remember that Pitt was the first school to offer me. That’s always going to be special in my heart. I get so happy thinking about this, I love it.”