James Robinson likes to let his play on the field do the talking for him. He’s a person of few words off of it.
The 2016 running back from Rockford (IL) Lutheran High is laid back. It’s good to keep that in mind when you hear him talk about his recruitment. He’s not going to gush over schools.
Robinson visited Iowa on Saturday for its public spring scrimmage. It was his second campus stop at the school in the last two months.
"The spring game and how competitive the players are stood out to me," he said
How does Robinson feel about Iowa?
"I like it a lot," he said.
What is it that he likes?
"Everything," he said.
Are the Hawkeyes the leader for Robinson?
"Yeah, right now," he said.
So, there you have it. When it comes to the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder, that’s saying a lot. And the race to land him might be reaching the home stretch.
"I’m getting pretty far (into the recruiting process), I think. I don’t know (when he’ll commit), maybe before the season starts," he said.
Robinson ranks fourth all-time in career rushing yards (6,584) among Illinois high school players. He needs 1,894 as a senior to break the record after totaling 1,888, 2,469 and 2,227 in his first three campaigns.
Iowa’s running backs played well on Saturday and Robinson noticed.
"I think they had good game. I think I would be a good fit because the plays that I saw are pretty similar to Lutheran’s offense," he said.
Assistant Brian Ferentz is leading Iowa’s recruitment of Robinson.
"I didn’t really talk to the coaches after (the scrimmage) but I talked to Brian Ferentz before the game. He said he was glad I could make it down. I communicate with them through Twitter some. Most of the conversation is just asking me to come visit," he said.
In addition to Iowa, Robinson said Illinois State has offered him a scholarship. Nebraska has picked up its recruitment of him in recent weeks.
"(The Husker coaches) want me to come for a visit. They want me to check out the school and see how Nebraska is. I’ll be going to Nebraska for a visit soon," he said.
Robinson said he’d be attending The Opening regional combine in Chicago this Sunday.