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Ty Robinson’s Progress Aided by New Blackshirt Mentality

August 15, 2019

It was a competitive battle for Nebraska to win the recruitment of former 4-star defensive end Ty Robinson. Nebraska beat out Alabama, USC, and Oregon to win his signature on signing day, and his recruitment gave us one of the best recruiting stories of the year.

“We were at Ty’s house with the entire staff, had some cornhole going on, some ping pong, a little bit of basketball, a bonfire and a camel and a dog that can go get waters out of the fridge on command for you,” Frost said at Nebraska’s early signing day press conference. “It was a fun night, and it ended up paying off for us.” 

There was a reason that Frost and the entire staff went to see Robinson to close the deal on his final in-home visit. Finding big guys who can move like this is rare. 

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Robinson has received positive reviews for his work ethic and play on the field so far. There have been flashes of that 4-star potential early on in fall camp. Hail Varsity spoke with defensive line coach Tony Tuioti on Wednesday to see how Robinson is adjusting to college football. 

“Yeah, he’s come in well as a freshman.” Tuioti said. “It’s going to take a while for him to get used to the speed and pace of the game. He has to be able to master the playbook. It’s one thing to sit in the room and know it but when its quick and fast with tempo coming, Coach Frost isn’t going to let you sit up while the call comes in from the sideline. There’s a lot of stress that happens between the call and the ball snapping with Coach Frost going fast. He’s coming along. He’s doing a good job in terms of coming in as a new guy and true freshman. I’m pleased with where he’s at. He’s definitely not where he wants to be or where we want him to help us out at a high level.”

Speaking of those flashes, we saw one of them during Wednesday’s open session of practice to the media. This was quite the play from the freshman who is taking a rep against fellow rising freshman Ethan Piper.

Aside from Robinson winning the rep and making the tackle, I noticed something else. In that same clip, Darrion Daniels congratulated Robinson right away. That makes sense after hearing the way Tuioti described his room taking young players under their wing.

“Yeah, our room is great,” he said. “They do a great job of taking care of each other and helping each other out. Darrion Daniels does a great job of coaching up the young guys. When we are in drills, they do a really good job of coaching them up when they come to the side in addition to what I’m already telling them. I’m glad to see that the guys are really taking ownership and holding guys accountable. They are taking it on themselves to teach the young guys to play better.

“If you can do that, our depth will be good. The culture will continue to be good too. They do a good job of helping each other out.” 

That is even more interesting because Robinson noted the change in culture in Lincoln during the recruiting process. Since he took many visits, it allowed him to see the change as it happened. It may take a year to show in games but Nebraska could have a future star on its hands with Ty Robinson.

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