By BEN JOHNSON
For a guy that played sparingly and amassed a total of zero catches in 2012, Jordan Robinson is being counted on to produce extensively for Northeastern State in 2013. Robinson, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound pass catcher, is set to begin his second season with the RiverHawks after transferring from East Central following a redshirt season in Ada.
What happened at East Central and what led to you transferring to NSU?
Didn’t really seem like a fit on offense. It was more of a pro-style offense with a lot of running, and I got a hold of (former NSU assistant coach Mike) Knoll and we developed a good relationship. He told me to come up here because it was more of a passing offense.
How did you settle on East Central when signing your letter of intent at Wagoner High School?
My first decision in high school was that I was going to Pitt State. Then the day before signing day, I switched to ECU. They kind of came and sweet-talked me — ya know, typical recruiting stories. They got me to switch and go down there without knowing much about it. They just threw more money at me, and then I went down there and didn’t really like it. In the back of my mind, when I first committed, I kind of wanted to go to NSU. But it was kind of too close to home, and I didn’t really want to be around the stuff in Wagoner.
So Tahlequah ranks way ahead of Ada?
From Tahlequah to Ada is a big difference. I love it here, honestly. I really do.
What is the offense at NSU like compared to the offense at East Central?
There is was more of the Power-O, and run the ball up the middle and get what you can. Here, we have some of the best athletes that I’ve seen. Plus, here we have (Joel) Rockmore and (Terrence) Dixon in the backfield, and at receiver we have great talent.
Which wide receiver impresses you the most on a daily basis?
Honestly, I’m going to have to say Prince McJunkins, just because I played high school ball with him. He was my quarterback in high school. And for him, making that transition from quarterback to receiver — people had their doubts about him coming in — but Prince has really adapted well at receiver. He’s getting better every day.
You Wagoner guys have kind of taken the football team by storm. What’s that been like?
We have five Wagoner boys up here, and we’re kind of taking over the team. All the guys from Wagoner, they know football and that’s expected of them coming from a program like that. Coach (Dale) Condict puts players to work every day and accepts nothing less than 100 percent.
In high school, what was it like playing at Boone Pickens Stadium in the 4A state championship game in 2011?
Being in high school, you walk on to the field with big eyes. You’re playing on the big stage with a lot of pressure, but once you get out there it’s just football.
You’re in Tahlequah now playing college football 30 minutes from home. What’s that like?
At first, I didn’t know if I would like it. But now, I love it. My family has a chance to come and watch me, versus being at ECU, where it was a three and a half hour drive. Plus, with a lot of us from Wagoner, we bring the Wagoner community over here to support NSU.
What is a daily schedule like for Jordan Robinson?
I wake up at 6 a.m. and come to workouts. After that, go home and shower and go to work at Dollar General. I usually go in around noon and get off about 11 at night. Then come home, eat dinner and sleep. Then get ready for workouts the next day. God, family and football are the only things I’m focused on right now.