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Manual Running Back Adian Robbins Honored To Be Priority Recruit For UK

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Adian Robbins has a 3.8 GPA and size, speed and strength that have brought him 21 major scholarship offers so far. (Rivals.com Photo) Adian Robbins has a 3.8 GPA and size, speed and strength that have brought him 21 major scholarship offers so far. (Rivals.com Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

A year ago Aidan Robbins was still waiting for major college football scholarship offers, so he decided to see if he could not help the process.

“I think people just needed to find out about me. I kind of did part of it myself. I sent my film out. Coaches evaluated me and began to see the type of person I am, not just the athlete I am,” said Robbins. “I possess a lot of intangibles other recruits might not have. Then my size, speed and strength helped.”

The 6-3, 220-pound running back/linebacker from Louisville Manual now has 21 major scholarship offers and appears to be Kentucky’s No. 1 running back target in the 2019 recruiting class. 

He’s already made an official visit to Vanderbilt. He has one scheduled for Missouri next month as well as one to Kentucky in late June. Hometown Louisville was his first scholarship offer. He’s got offers from Mississippi and South Carolina in the SEC. Princeton, Yale and Harvard of the Ivy League have offered along with a bevy of other schools. Ohio State is among many other schools that have reached out to him.

He runs the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes in track. He’s been timed in 11.2 seconds and 22.8, respectively, in the 100 and 200. He’s finished the 400 — perhaps the most demanding event because it is an all-out sprint — in 50 seconds.
In the classroom, he carries a 3.8 grade-point average and has a 26 on the ACT already. He’s a former vice-president of the Student Council and a Black Student Union member. 

All those qualities are why Ivy League schools want him — and he admits that education is something he has to consider.

“You’ve got to look at this as a four-year decision and look at what is best for you after football, too,” Robbins said. “You have to process what you want to do with the rest of your life. Maybe the football competition is not as high in the Ivy League as some other spots but you can go play in the Ivy League and still play in the NFL. It’s not the school that sends you to the NFL. Your play sends you to the NFL and the NFL teams can find you anywhere you are. That’s why it is a blessing to have those offers.”

Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow has him convinced how high a recruiting priority he is for UK. Robbins calls it an “honor” to be that high on UK’ list. 

“I just appreciate it and take it all in stride,” he said.

Kentucky running back Benny Snell ran for over 1,000 yards in 2016 and 2017. Most expect if he has a successful junior season that he’ll leave for the NFL

“A bunch of times he (Marrow) has been saying that Benny will probably leave (for the NFL),” Robbins said. “He’s been selling me on the school and Big Blue Nation and all the networking and what a great school it is and what it can do for me after football. Getting into the league (NFL) is also a goal and he’s talked about how I can do that.”

He did grow up a Louisville fan — his high school is practically across the street from the UofL campus. 

“I would say at one point I was a Louisville fan but at one point I was also a Kentucky fan,” Robbins said. “In Louisville, half the people are Louisville fans, half Kentucky fans. But right now I can’t be a fan of anybody.

“I just want to find school that I find feel comfortable with the coaching staff, how I fit into the offense or defense, like the campus life as well as the academics, networking connections and student body.”

He ran 72 times for 370 yards and three touchdowns last season and will basically have a sophomore offensive line blocking for him this year. That’s not a recipe for success in a district that includes powers St. Xavier and Male along with other challenging teams on the rest of the schedule.

“I am a very competitive guy. I am always going to push to play you to play to the best of your ability, too. I just want to win,” Robbins said. “I work hard. I am not lazy. I don’t take time off. We play in one of the toughest districts in the nation. My freshman year it was ranked as the 12th toughest district in the nation. There are a lot of athletes in our district and it’s very competitive.”

That’s one reason Robbins also plays linebacker — and might even consider that option in college because of his size and speed.

“I do like running the ball but I play outside linebacker and defense in college is still undecided,” Robbins, who hopes  to make a college decision during the summer, said.

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