In 2014, Delano Robinson was on a Ryan team that finished 5-5 to snap a 14-year playoff streak. The next year, Robinson and the Raiders won 13 games and are now seen as state title contenders.
Robinson took a lot of pride in spurring Ryan’s resurgence. He believes the same thing is happening at SMU, and on Friday verbally committed to the Mustangs.
“When we went 5-5, that put a bad taste in our mouth,” Robinson said. “I liked being a part of rebuilding something. Nothing has been given to me, and I believe that everything is a process. SMU is a program that is building something special.”
Verbal commitments are nonbinding. The first day a class of 2017 recruit can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 1.
On a defense full of stars, Robinson appeared to have been a relative unknown in the recruiting world until the last month or so. Including his offer from SMU, which he announced via his Twitter account on May 10, he also received offers from Texas-San Antonio, Bucknell, Air Force and Stephen F. Austin.
Part of the appeal is that Robinson is so versatile. At 6-1, 190, he predominately plays safety for Ryan, but he’s so physical that he can also step in at linebacker. Robinson said he is being looked at by SMU to play either position.
Last year, he racked up 125 tackles, 10 for loss, with two sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and five pass breakups.
“The big thing is his physicality,” Ryan coach Dave Henigan said. “When he makes a tackle, it’s not just a tackle, it’s a violent hit. A lot of guys who have seen that from him feel like it will transition well to the next level. And I have no doubt it will.”
Robinson said he made his commitment while visiting the SMU campus Friday morning. He said it was an easy decision, and a load off his shoulders.
“When I spoke to coach [Chad] Morris, he asked if I wanted to be a part of a rebuilding program where I have a chance to be a big part of that success. I started thinking about it and that definitely means something to me.
“You should want to drive for something. This is very exciting, and it means a lot.”