Oklahoma recruiting: How Sooners got Jaylon Robinson to flip from Texas Tech

Stay up to date with Oklahoma football recruiting with the latest news and notes and analysis in the daily edition of DieHards’ Wagon Wheels. In this edition, we catch up with Oklahoma signee, 3-star receiver Jaylon Robinson and his recruitment during a recent chat at All-Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jaylon Robinson jumped on Oklahoma offer

Jaylon Robinson was committed to Texas Tech when arrived at Oklahoma’s Elite Camp in June 2017. Robinson had one reason for being there — he wanted an offer from the Sooners. After a day’s work on the field and a lot of interaction with Oklahoma inside receivers coach Cale Gundy, he got one. The Oklahoma 2018 signee talked about the day and other memories of the recruiting process.

DieHards: If you could give a junior one piece of recruiting advice, what would it be?
Robinson: Go to camp; that would be my No. 1.

DieHards: How many camps did you go to?
Robinson: You have to get your name out there. I think most juniors or most kids don’t go to camps because they think they can get recruited just by posting videos of them doing something instead of putting themselves out there in front of coaches. I would say go to the camp where you want to go school. If you want to go to Texas Tech, go to a Texas Tech camp. Just go to camps.

DieHards: Did you go to Oklahoma’s camp?
Robinson: I did.

DieHards: How many times?
Robinson: I went once, but I was talking to coaches and they wanted to see me work.

DieHards: Was that before or after you got an offer?
Robinson: I went to the camp and they offered me later that night.

DieHards: Which school was your second choice?
Robinson: When I committed to [Texas] Tech, I was all about Tech, to be honest. I really didn’t look at any other schools until OU came about.

DieHards: What about Oklahoma caused you to flip?
Robinson: It was the tradition. I wanted to go to OU for a long time. It was about the offer. When I got the offer, I decided it’s here. Why not take the chance?

DieHards: How much did the offense play into it?
Robinson: Watching OU growing up … TCU and OU were my favorite teams growing up. OU was big, the hype.

DieHards: What’s the most creative thing a school or coach did to get your attention?
Robinson: The truth. Not telling me I was gonna come in and play right away or lie and say I’m gonna do this or do that. They told me like it was and gave me the truth about it.

DieHards: What was the biggest rumor about you that wasn’t true?
Robinson: That I couldn’t catch. That was probably the biggest one.

DieHards: Who spread that one?
Robinson: When I would see articles about me from camps, I would see my hands would be the lowest. It was just stuff that I saw.

DieHards: What’s the funniest story that happened to you on a recruiting trip?
Robinson: I took this as funny. When you’re on the football team, there will be these long lines to get into places. The football team would just walk to the front and it would be easy access. Everybody in line would get mad. That was probably the funniest.

DieHards: What do you want to major in?
Robinson: I want to major in forensic science. I like Law and Order a lot.

DieHards: Which coach was the hardest to say no to?
Robinson: Probably [offensive coordinator/inside receivers coach Kevin] Johns from Texas Tech. We built a strong relationship during the time I was committed. We talked every day. It was hard to tell him. That had to be the hardest.

DieHards: If you were in charge of the NCAA what’s the one rule that you would change?
Robinson: Probably not being able to give out gear. I think you should be able to give out gear. If you offer a person, I feel like they should be able to get some gear.

Sooners will host 5-star DT Faatui Tuitele

Oklahoma is the second stop on 5-star defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele’s spring break trip of unofficial visits. It began with a trip to LSU earlier this week. He announced on Wednesday that he’s headed to Norman next.

The standout from St. Louis School in Honolulu is the No. 23 overall player and No. 2 defensive tackle in the 2019 247Sports composite ranking.

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