ST. PETE – Starting his football career as a freshman, Lakewood lineman Leroy Robinson is a two-way starter for the Spartans. Robinson, a rising senior always thinks about destroying anyone that gets in front of him in the trenches.
Serving as the starting left guard and defensive tackle, the 6’2″, 284-pounder says that the transition to football was rough at first, but he got the hang of it and just kept working to get to where he is today.
Last season, Lakewood advanced to the postseason, but traveled to Jesuit and came away empty in the 5A region quarterfinal. The Spartans finished 6-5. For Robinson, it was his first taste of the playoffs after playing JV football as an underclassman.
“My junior season was great,” Robinson said. “I worked hard and gave it my all. The playoff game vs. Jesuit was a different atmosphere. I felt as a team that we had butterflies going into the game because it was so intense.”
He says he feels like this is the year Lakewood goes all the way because the team has gotten much better this off-season.
“For me personally I have to play hard and go in there this year with a chip on my shoulder.”
Robinson says his ability to block against the pass or run are his biggest strengths. On the flipside, he wants to improve cleaning up on plays.
Tennessee State is the lone school that has shown interest him in thus far, but Robinson has visited with UCF, USF, Florida A&M and plans to take his next visit to Texas in July.
Robinson says it is great playing for ninth-year head coach Cory Moore, a former Lakewood graduate. Moore owns a 63-31 record as the man in charge including eight straight seasons with a winning record.
“He [Moore] is a big role model for me. He not only pushes us hard in practice every day, he also pushes us in the classroom. He truly wants all of us to be successful young men in life. Also he’s a good motivator and a great person to speak to when having you have a problem.”
The other person in his life that serves as his role model is his grandmother. Robinson’s ultimate goal with the game of football is to go to the college of his choosing, play hard there and make it to the NFL.
He says his favorite part of the game is being with his teammates and coach and getting to play together. Robinson also wrestles at Lakewood.
His focus this summer is to continue to get stronger and faster. Robinson wants to improve his footwork and hand placements even further.
It isn’t easy to play football in this day and age with so much size and speed on both sides of the ball, but Robinson has developed into a solid player there. He doesn’t let anything easy by him offensively and he’s solid against the run.
His fourth and final prep season will be a big one as he looks to earn more offers and make his presence felt. I have a hunch that Leroy Robinson will do just that.
Favorite player to watch – Shaq Lawson
Playlist before games – Future
Favorite movie – The Avengers
Nickname from teammates or friends – “Big Leroy”
Game film: Robinson’s Hudl tape
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