|Marvin Robinson (#3) attempts a tackle on Michigan State's Keshawn Martin|
A member of the 2010 recruiting class, the Winter Haven (FL) Lake Region product committed to Michigan in April 2009, choosing the Wolverines over Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, and USC, among others. He was a 4-star and the #20 outside linebacker to Rivals, who thought that he would be too slow and stiff to play safety at the next level. Perhaps they were right.
Robinson mostly appeared on special teams as a true freshman and made 3 total tackles. As a sophomore in 2011, he earned a start against Notre Dame, making 7 tackles in that game and 9 on the season; he ended up in the coaches' doghouse and didn't see the field much for the rest of the year. In his junior season, he was once again mainly a contributor on special teams and made 9 tackles and 1 fumble recovery. He finished his Michigan career with 21 tackles and 1 fumble recovery.
As you can see in the commitment post linked above, I thought Robinson would be a good college player. However, he did not seem to progress much in his pass coverage. In the past year or so, I had succumbed to the idea that he would be able to help in run support, but not so much on passing downs. Last season he was surpassed on the depth chart by freshman Jarrod Wilson, and it looked like Wilson would be the starting free safety with incumbent FS Thomas Gordon bumping over to the strong safety position. Robinson likely would have been relegated to special teams backup strong safety. Others vying for that backup SS role will be redshirt junior Josh Furman, redshirt freshman Jeremy Clark, and some true freshmen.
Robinson is the 17th member of the 27-man class of 2010 to depart early. The only players remaining from that class are DT Richard Ash, CB Courtney Avery, DT Jibreel Black, WR Drew Dileo, Furman, QB Devin Gardner, P Will Hagerup, WR Jeremy Jackson, TE Jordan Paskorz, and LB Jake Ryan. This departure will not affect the size of the 2014 recruiting class, since Robinson was scheduled to run out of eligibility after the upcoming season, anyway. Instead, it opens up a scholarship for a walk-on guy like FB Joey Kerridge, WR Joe Reynolds, etc.
Check out the Ex-Wolverine Encyclopedia for stories and updates on other players who left early.