Pitt FB Recruiting
2024 3-Star WPIAL S Clinton Robinson Makes First Visit to Pitt For Spring Ball
Clinton Robinson hasn’t picked up an offer from Pitt yet, but he made his first trip out to his hometown school Tuesday to continue building a growing bond.
Robinson — a 6-foot-1, 195-pound three-star safety from Keystone Oaks High in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — made the 10-minute drive to Pitt’s first spring practice session earlier this week, making the trip out after starting to talk with Pitt coaches earlier this month.
“It was good just talking to the coaches, seeing players and stuff, just watching the practice was a great experience,” Robinson told PSN. “It was my first time, really enjoyed myself.”
It’s still a very new relationship between Robinson and Pitt, with just a couple of weeks of communication between them, but he’s built a solid bond with safeties coach Cory Sanders already. Sanders, despite Robinson’s two-way ability at Keystone Oaks, sees Robinson as a safety — which is just fine with him.
The chance to chop it up with Sanders and check out firsthand how he expects his safeties to practice stood out for Robinson. And it doesn’t hurt that he’ll be able to take what he learned, what he watched for Sanders, and apply that to his own game.
“The energy is there, every player is energetic, they’re all competing and stuff, it was just what you’re looking for in a college and all that,” Robinson said. “Good coaches, coaches fired up and everything.”
As a junior at Keystone Oaks, Robinson was a threat offensively, racking up 292 yards on 36 rush attempts and 538 yards on 43 receptions, finding the end zone six times.
But he was also a leader in the secondary, using his speed and range, in a long, lean 6-foot-1 frame, to stifle opposing offenses.
247Sports rates Robinson as the 107th-ranked athlete and the 33rd-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania, while neither Rivals nor On3 has rated him yet.
And while Pitt hasn’t yet extended Robinson an offer, he has picked up official offers from Kent State, Miami (Oh.) and West Virginia, and he will be visiting Syracuse at some point in the near future. Pitt, as his hometown school, will also very likely receive another visit.
“(It’s a) big-time factor (to be a hometown kid),” Robinson said. “Hometown, that’s what everyone dreamed of.”
It was almost surreal to watch players like Aaron Donald growing up and then find himself eating lunch at Pitt after spending the day watching practice and checking out the facilities.
He’s looking for a school that will set him up for success on and off the field, in the present and future, and he feels like Pitt is one of those schools. “Pitt would definitely be my top selection, one of my top in whatever I end up in, they’ll be in there if they offer me,” Robinson said.