There might not have been a person happier than Taylor Robinson when T.J. Tauaalo signed with UNT a few months ago.
The former Keller Central teammates are more like brothers, which is a big reason they might be teammates again — this time at UNT.
UNT became the first team to offer Robinson, a 5-foot-11, 180 pound senior cornerback, a scholarship on Tuesday.
Robinson has a host of UNT connections. Not only is he close with Tauaalo, a member of UNT’s 2014 recruiting class, he also plays for a former UNT player — Keller Central coach Bart Helsley.
“I was really surprised that North Texas offered,” Robinson said. “Coach came in and told me congratulations. I asked him why and he said that North Texas was going to call and offer.”
Robinson heard from new UNT safeties coach Perry Carter later in the day. Carter is recruiting Robinson, who was originally recruited by Noah Joseph before Joseph left for Indiana.
Robinson was a first-team All-District 4-5A selection last season. While he has yet to receive his second scholarship offer, Robinson is speaking to coaches at UTSA, Iowa, Cornell and Houston on a regular basis. Kansas State has also called to talk to Robinson, who has carefully considered what he is looking for in a college.
“I would like to figure out where I want to spend the next four years and want to see how I fit in,” Robinson said. “It will be more than just the football part of it. I want to major in engineering.”
Robinson, who is an A-B honor role student has not set a timeline for when he will decide where he will play in college. He believes he will know the time is right.
“I want to go to a competitive school where the athletes work hard every day to get better,” Robinson said. “I also want to go to a school that can offer a good education and is building.”
Robinson has liked what he has seen so far from UNT. He came to Denton to watch the Mean Green work out during spring drills and also came up for UNT’s spring game.
“They were getting after it,” Robinson said. “It made me want to strap it up and go out there.”
Playing with Tauaalo, a defensive tackle, again would be an added bonus. The two played together on a select team in the fifth grade when Robinson was living in Keller and Tauaalo in Euless and quickly became friends.
Tauaalo later moved to Keller, where the pair played together in high school.
“I think it will play a factor that T.J. is there,” Robinson said. “It would be cool to go and play college ball with him.”
Mean Green blog recruiting series
OL Joseph Gonzales, Waco
OL Matt Hiter, Argyle
LB Jordan Williams, Paris
OL Erik McCoy, Lufkin
OL Riley Daniel, Ringling, Okla.
DL RD Wegmann, Wichita Falls Rider
OL Evan Curl, Flower Mound
ATH Keith Washington, Brazoswood
OL Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher (Okla.)High
LB Angelo Garbutt, Lewisville Hebron
LB Clay Holford, Lewisville Hebron
ATH Billy McCrary, Leander Rouse
QB Chris Riddle, University Christian, Jacksonville, Fla.
CB Nafees Lyon, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek
DL Carl Thompson, Guyer
OL Beau Hott, Plano
WR Akile Davis, DeSoto
ATH Jonathan Giles, Fort Bend Elkins
OL Clayton Woods, Highland Park
DL Keenan Kelly, Cedar Grove, Ga.