Seventeen Northwestern student-athletes, including 15 football players, signed National Letters of Intent Wednesday morning at the school’s media center.
JoJo Robinson chose Arkansas over South Florida, Florida State and Miami. The four-star athlete made all-county third team this season.
Robinson, who will be used as a wide receiver and returner, had heard only good things about the Razorbacks from former teammate De’Andre Coley, South Plantation running back Alex Collins and Booker T. Washington offensive tackle Denver Kirkland.
All three play at Fayetteville, where Collins earned SEC Freshman of the Year honors in 2013.
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Though it was Robinson’s second visit, that trip stood above the rest. He credits head coach Bret Bielema and linebackers coach Randy Shannon.
“A couple years ago they were a top program,” Robinson said. “They had a couple of down years. I feel like I can bring them back to the top.”
Michael Smith, meanwhile, continues the Northwestern-University of Miami pipeline.
The four-star recruit, who earned first team All-Dade, recorded 42 tackles, seven sacks and 51 quarterback hurries as a senior. He will spend time on both the defensive line and linebacker positions.
“Keep it going,” Smith said of the legacy. “I always wanted to go to the University of Miami. I always wanted to stay home with my family. This is what I always wanted to do.”
Safety Ryan Mayes, a three-star recruit according to Scout.com, is already enrolled at Miami. He was one of nine early enrollees for the Hurricanes.
Former University of Miami players Marcus Forston, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Sean Spence, Jacory Harris, Tommy Streeter, Lamar Miller and Willis McGahee were in attendance to support Sean’s younger brother, Shermarke, who signed with FIU.
“It feels great for my family and friends to be here at the same time,” said Shermarke, who expects to play rover in college. “These guys have supported me, been here for me. I knew these guys since I was younger because all these guys played together in high school. Everything is like a big family. Those are like my long-lost brothers.”
Track-and-field state champions Lloydricia Cameron and Jontavia Dykes will compete for Florida, while Jeffery Green will do so at Clemson.