Panther Perfect Linebacker
Panther Perfect Linebacker
Although Plano East outside linebacker Keenan Robinson may look like a typical high school football star, he’s truly much more than meets the eye.
Robinson is currently ranked by ESPN as the number one player at his position in the country. In addition, Robinson is ranked number nine overall in the state and is ranked number 59 in the nation on the ‘ESPN 150 Rank.’
The 6’3”, 211 pound linebacker had 111 tackles last season for one of the best defenses in the area.
With a speed of 4.5 seconds in the 40, the All-American is ranked in the top 20 of a majority of categories and he has already made a verbal commitment to the University of Texas to further his football career in the Big 12 conference.
For Robinson, as well as Plano East football head coach Johnny Ringo, the rankings are an encouragement and a lift in preparation for the Panthers upcoming high school pigskin season in an extremely competitive District 9-5A.
“He’s absolutely a big part of our program,” Ringo said. “He has had and will continue to have a tremendous impact as a part of our team. As a big time player who has already committed to the University of Texas, it’s huge for us. He’s a big-time leader on defense.”
Robinson was one of the first players to commit to the Texas Longhorns class of 2007 and he made quite an impression on his future coaches and teammates at a recent Texas mini-camp.
According to coach Ringo, Robinson will continue to succeed in his college career as a Longhorn and beyond as well if he continues to work hard and stay dedicated, something Keenan always seems to do anyway.
“This is great because it not only brings recognition to Keenan, it also brings recognition to Plano East football and all the great guys we have on our team as well,” Ringo said. “Keenan will be the first to tell you that he’s playing on a team with a great senior class. We have almost 60 seniors returning this year, and that’s the largest number of seniors we have ever had returning during my tenure as head coach.”
Ringo says that Robinson’s greatest strengths are his remarkable ability to see and find the ball defensively, quickly covering all sides of the field.
“His ability and range to move from sideline to sideline is just remarkable,” Ringo said. “Keenan has done a lot of really good things for us in the past and I believe he will continue to do good things for us this year as well. He’ll be a big presence on defense and we might even try running him in our offensive scheme some as well.”
For coach Ringo and OLB Robinson, the task of meeting expectations and battling for position is nothing new.
In fact, according to 5atexasfootball.com, Plano East looks to improve on last season’s mark of 6-6 as they are predicted to finish third in Division 9-5A behind Richardson Berkner and Allen and Robinson is predicted to take home the 2006 Defensive MVP.
As part of a major football program such as the Plano East Panthers, coach Ringo and company are aiming for another successful season with their eyes focused on a title.
“It’s hard to point out a top moment for Keenan and what he has done for us defensively in the past,” Ringo said. “But against Flower Mound last year, he had a big stop where he was able to get his hands on the ball and we later intercepted it to hold on for the win. His presence in that game was huge, but there are a lot of big plays that Keenan has made for this team in the past and he will continue to make for this team in the future.”