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Pitt WR Signee Impresses With Big Numbers at HS Track Meet

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Pitt wide receiver Tyreek Robinson.

A big reason why Tyreek Robinson won’t be arriving in Pittsburgh until May 31 is his track season.

Robinson — a 5-foot-10, 165-pound wide receiver from Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, La. — is a two-sport star. He’s obviously a talented wideout, but he’s a legitimate track star in his own right. And it showed at a track meet Sunday afternoon.

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Robinson legged out a blazing-fast 10.59 100-meter dash, and he leaped an impressive 23.5-feet in the long jump, both of which are improvements off his junior season.

Pitt has a handful of legitimate high school track stars on the roster, including Pitt track star Che Nwabuko, and Robinson is going to fit right in. It’s exactly what new offensive coordinator Kade Bell wants from his playmakers.

Robinson will continue his track season throughout the fall, looking to improve even more upon what was an incredibly strong start to his senior season at Evangel Christian, but he isn’t forgetting about football. He’ll be spending time training with the renowned Margin Hooks (a wide receiver trainer who has worked with countless high school and collegiate wideouts) when he isn’t on the track.

It’s all in preparation for arriving at Pitt as its newest wide receiver this summer, which comes after a whirlwind offer-visit-commitment.

Pitt extended an offer to Robinson, his first Power Five offer, in January. Bell flew down to visit Robinson in Shreveport, Robinson flew up to check out Pittsburgh and when he flew back home, he was the newest Pitt Panther commit.

“It was great,” Robinson told Pittsburgh Sports Now after his commitment. “(Bell) was telling me how the offense was gonna go, how they’re gonna use me, and then he was telling me stories about his coaching experience and all of that. Tank Dell, he gave Tank Dell his first offer, and he really wanted Tank Dell, but he was just telling me stuff about Pitt and why I should be there. And I got to see that this weekend.”

Kenny Johnson hosted Robinson all weekend, but the academic support staff came first — and he really liked that. After meeting the academic support staff, the education aspect wasn’t a concern in the slightest. It showed how Pitt cared about him far more than just from a football aspect. He felt the invitation to join the Pitt family and greeted it with open arms.

“They loved me,” Robinson said. “They really can’t wait for me to get there; I can’t wait to get there and spend all four years there and get my degree and then go to the league.”

Track speed is one thing, and Robinson has it, but he’s football fast. He pops on the pads and doesn’t look any slower. He was one of the fastest players in Louisiana. It isn’t just straight-line either. He wasn’t caught much during his time at Evangel, but his change of direction and elusiveness stand out.

He hauled in 51 passes for 860 yards (16.1 yards per reception) and 16 touchdowns — adding 11 carries for 133 yards and two more touchdowns — in 11 games as a senior. And he added a kick return touchdown, too. Robinson is confident in his ability to make an impact at the next level.

He watched the likes of Larry Fitzgerald and Damar Hamlin growing up, and he’s a big fan of Jordan Addison. In fact, while it may be a lofty comparison, he sees himself in Addison in the way he runs.

It remains to be seen whether or not Robinson will make an impact at Pitt, but he’s confident. And he’s going to be bringing a lot more than confidence to Pittsburgh.

Robinson’s senior track season will bear watching going into the spring, especially as his times get faster and faster.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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1 month ago

We need a guy that can stretch the defense, but also be technically sound in route running. I hope this is the guy. Bub was that guy last season and we didn’t really have his replacement. Kenny Johnson looks like a star as well.

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