By CRA News Service
DELRAY BEACH – With family members, fellow students, teachers and well-wishers standing by, Devonte Robinson recently became the first Division I athlete from Village Academy to play for West Virginia University after he signed a letter of intent.
“This is a big day for Village Academy,” Principal Guarn Sims told Robinson. “One day you’re going to walk back on this campus, 15 or 20 years from now, and you will begin to see what this day has done for this school.
“You have been a role model to so many students and athletes at this school that they now recognize that I can accomplish anything I can, whether as a student or athlete right here at Village Academy,” Sims continued.
Village Academy, which has had a varsity football program for three years, retired Robinson’s No. 1 jersey Feb. 1 after the speedy wide receiver signed with the Mountaineers.
Robinson picked the Mountaineers, of the Big East Conference, over offers from Michigan State, Minnesota, UConn and Wake Forest. Overall Robinson held 16 offers, including instate schools Florida Atlantic and FIU.
Robinson said he selected the Mountaineers after carefully reviewing the program.
“First, I got to know the coaches, then the academic part about it came into play, and then the offense and the players that have been producing in that offense [in past years],” said Robinson, who is among the top 25 rising senior prospects in Palm Beach County.
Last season, Robinson suffered a broken hand early on and only played in the final six games, finishing with 28 receptions for 635 yards and nine touchdowns. He also had three rushing TDs. This winter, he was named the wide receivers MVP at the National Underclassmen Combine (NUC) at Chaminade-Madonna in February.
Sims, a graduate of West Virginia, said he has no doubt Robinson will be a good ambassador for his state and school because of his upbringing.
“If you continue to take the family values that have been instilled in you, with that work ethic, that mannerism, and definitely with God first in your life, you absolutely will enjoy the next four years of your life,” Sims told Robinson.