September 2, 2010

Amos' coach talks commitment

After deciding to commit to Connecticut over the weekend, Towson (Md.) Calvert Hall defensive back Adrian Amos and his family were understandably ecstatic, but there is another individual who was equally excited for Amos: Corey Robinson.

Robinson is Amos's defensive backs coach at Calvert Hall, but also works with the 6-foot-0, 198-pound prospect through his training company (Next Level Nation) as well as the Student Athlete Mentoring (SAM) Foundation. Because of those tight bonds, he is uniquely qualified to talk about Amos's decision to commit to UConn.

"Through a series of camps and visits to the school he kind of felt at home while he was on campus," said Robinson. "He has a good relationship with [quarterback] Leon Kinnard, who he played against in high school. Coach [Joe] Moorhead did a great job recruiting him and coming out to see him throughout the spring. What really sold him was his meeting with [defensive backs coach] Darrell Perkins on his official visit, because their defense uses a lot of the same terminology that we use. It's an opportunity he couldn't let pass."

Under head coach Randy Edsall, UConn has developed a reputation for finding diamonds in the rough. Robinson believes they have found another in Amos.

"I think he's special," said Robinson. "I think he has a rare mix of size, speed, athletic ability, strength and knowledge for the game. I truly believe he'll bring something to the table at UConn early."

Robinson believes a lack of exposure is the only reason Amos was not considered a more high profile recruit. Now that he is committed to UConn, Robinson believes Amos will thrive.

"He got a bit of a late start on the camp circuit, which is why I believe he wasn't a four-star recruit," said Robinson. "Other than that, he's a four-star type of kid that UConn just picked up."

After years of hard work on the football field and in the weight room, Robinson is happy to see things finally come together for Amos.

"It's a dream come true for him," said Robinson. "It obviously puts a smile on my face to be able to see him actually have everything he worked hard for come true."

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