Ta’Mere Robinson is a special player and one of the more talented athletes to come from Western Pennsylvania in a long time.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound athlete from Brashear High School is currently ranked by Rivals as the No. 76 overall player in the Class of 2023 and that ranking will likely increase over the next year.
Colleges have been recruiting Robinson since his freshman season, with hometown Pitt being the first program to extend him an offer. Since then, he’s added ones from West Virginia, Penn State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Arkansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Tennessee, Rutgers and Syracuse.
Robinson saw his recruiting profile rise another notch as he traveled to Columbus, Ohio for a workout and afterwards found out he earned an offer from Ohio State.
Robinson went to the workout knowing that an offer was a possibility but told Pittsburgh Sports Now that he wasn’t nervous, even though getting an offer from the Buckeyes is a pretty big deal.
”Whenever we arrived there, I said to my coach this is crazy, I’m really at Ohio State,” Robinson tells PSN. “Growing up as a kid, I never thought I’d be at places like Ohio State and schools like that. It was really a great experience. It was a great day. The campus was amazing and the coaches were amazing. Everything about Ohio State was amazing.”
Before he went on a tour of the facilities and campus, Robinson worked out in front of the Buckeyes coaching staff and afterward felt confident that he’d shown enough to impress the coaches.
”A couple months ago, Coach Washington the linebackers coach told me during a zoom meeting that he liked me film and the staff said that they wanted to see me in person and workout first and see how I move. I said Ok and prepared myself and if I did what I had to do, I’d leave with an offer and that’s what I did.”
”After the camp was over, the recruiter was taking me around for the day, took me to Coach Day’s office,” said Robinson. “ It was me, my two coaches and Coach Day sitting around. Coach Day then said before we start anything I just want to say that the coaches said you did a great job today and we want to extend a scholarship to you. I was in shock. I was happy and I was smiling. I said thank you and I appreciate it Coach.”
The trip to Ohio State wasn’t the only visit that Robinson’s made recently as over the weekend, he drove to workout for Jim Harbaugh and the coaches at Michigan.
”I definitely got the same feel at both schools, especially with those schools being such rivals with each other. I learned that I couldn’t say the words Ohio State at Michigan and I couldn’t say the words Michigan at Ohio State. When I was at Ohio State, I said ‘I was just at Michigan’ and a coach said ‘you don’t say the M-word here, you say the team up North.”
”I received the same love from the coaches at Michigan that I did at Ohio State. They both talked about and presented their programs very well.”
The good news for Robinson is that the attention he’s receiving and opportunities he’s getting from some of the top programs in the country is stuff he’s dreamed about. The bad news is that he’s realizing how difficult it’s going to be to make that final decision and select just one school.
“When it comes time to make a decision, that’s why I’m making all of these visits now. I want to see how these programs are. If I don’t like how there run, I won’t consider them and will just leave them off,” said Robinson.
Despite having well over a year to make a final decision, Robinson says that in his mind, he’s starting to come up with a few schools that he’s truly considering.
”Yes, I am definitely in my head. I’m not going to make any of that public yet but I already know some teams that will be at my top when I drop my top schools.”
My final question was asking him about the hometown school and are the coaches at Pitt staying in touch with him a lot and letting him know what he means to them? Robinson had a short but effective response.
”Yes they are.”