By Jeff Harrison
Xavier Robinson has attracted a lot of attention from college coaches.
And he didn’t want to delay his decision until the school year.
Robinson announced his commitment to the University of Oklahoma in front of family, friends, and teammates on June 27 at the Carl Albert High School Fieldhouse lobby.
The decision came down to Oklahoma and Iowa State.
Before making his announcement, Robinson thanked everyone for their support and guidance. He then grabbed the OU hat in front of him and unzipped his jacket to show off a crimson Sooners t-shirt.
“I’ve thought about it, and I’d like to take my talents to the University of Oklahoma,” he said.
Robinson was joined by his mother Octavia James, grandfather David Greasham and family friends Brandy and Steve Parker. His grandfather was a talented basketball player. He played at OU for one year and finished his college career at Oklahoma Christian.
Robinson came to Carl Albert as a sophomore and played a prominent role in the running game. He rushed for 800 yards as a backup to Kentrell Bizzell in 2021.
His career skyrocketed last year as the starter. As a junior, Robinson exploded, rushing for 2,594 yards and 39 touchdowns while leading the Titans to a state championship. He was named player of the year in Oklahoma by several media outlets.
College offers started pouring in. Robinson received more than a dozen D-I offers including Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, and Colorado.
Coach Mike Dunn said he’s enjoyed seeing Robinson grow as a player and a person the past two years.
“It’s been really cool watching him take this last year,” Dunn said. “Halfway through the year people started seeing him and calling. The first offer came in and everything happened after that.”
Dunn said Robinson will set the tone for the Titans this fall.
“Sometimes guys that have that kind of stuff going on, they might not remember how they got there, but he’s the first one to talk about his offensive line, about his coaches and everyone else around him,” Dunn said.
Greasham said he’s also enjoyed the experience of watching his grandson excel.
“I can watch him up close but also let him be himself,” Greasham said. “He’s never been trouble and he is humble and it’s been a humbling experience to watch him.