Back in the spring, defensive end Nathan Robinson became the third in-state commitment to Tennessee football: Here are five things to know about the prospect.
Where Robinson ranks
Robinson ranks as a three-star prospect across the board. He measures out at 6-foot-5 and 268-pounds.
247Sports ranks Robinson as the No. 50 EDGE in the class of 2023 and the No. 17 prospect from Tennessee.
ON3 puts Robinson as the No. 57 defensive lineman and the No. 15 prospect from Tennessee.
Rivals puts Robinson as the No. 15 prospect from Tennessee and the No. 30 defensive lineman.
Tennessee football over who
Robinson verbally committed to Tennessee football in April 2022 after a couple of visits. The Vols extended him a scholarship offer in April 2021, making Tennessee his first power-five offer.
Robinson chose the Vols over Ole Miss, Kentucky, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt, among others.
Hailing from Greenbrier, Tenn., which is north of Nashville in Robertson County, Robinson is one of just five Tennessee prospects in its 2023 class.
Robinson attends Greenbrier High School.
Ayden Bussell, Nate Spillman, Trevor Duncan, and Caleb Herring are the other in-state prospects in Tennessee’s 2023 class.
The eye-test plays a big part for Josh Heupel and his staff in choosing to recruit a prospect, but the stats don’t go overlooked. Robinson’s stats reflect why Heupel wanted him on Rocky Top.
Robinson finished the 2022 season with 102 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, and six sacks. In 2021, Robinson picked up 89 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 23 sacks, and six forced fumbles.
Ready to get started
Robinson will be enrolling early and participating in bowl practices, something the NCAA began allowing a season ago.
The early practies and gelling with the team will be beneficial for the young defensive lineman, opening up more opportunities for early playing time.
“I think (I am feeling) less nervousness and more just anxiousness, just to be able to find out,” Robinson told GoVols247. “I’m just kind of antsy to see how I’ll be able to transition and what it’s going to feel like, and how getting smacked around by some college dudes is going to feel. I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be fun — probably funny, too. But, yeah, I’m looking forward to it.”