Virginia has always felt good for linebacker Tappannock (Virginia) of Essex. Camren Robinson.

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Even when he’s been making unofficial visits for the past nine months, or when he’s returning from an official visit to Virginia Tech, his thoughts have been on the Cavaliers.

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The 6ft 2in, 215lb Robinson traveled to Virginia earlier this week, and he kicked off the holiday weekend by announcing his selection on Friday.

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“I love that they are very family oriented and trying to build something,” he said. “They’re trying to build something new and they just got a brand new coaching staff with coach (Tony) Elliot and I just wanted to be a part of it.”

Robinson, who is Virginia’s No. 8 player on 247Sports, told Elliott and the linebacker coach. Clint Cityim.

“They were screaming,” Robinson said. “They said I made their day. When I told both coaches, they were both on vacation.”

The relationship that Robinson built with Sintim and his trust in him played a significant role in his decision.

“It’s the way he just preaches about scientists, about how to get better,” he said. “He wants to lead us to great things.

“They said I could play anywhere in their defense but we never talked about positional things other than midfielder.”

As Robinson went through the process and collected offers, talked to coaches and visited schools, he became convinced that his focus was not only on football, but also on the degree earned at school.

“You get this degree and it will help you in life,” he said. “I will be able to use it as soon as I finish my football career.”

Another factor in Robinson’s decision was the distance, which would allow his family to attend games easily and not spend a whole day (or more) commuting to school.

“I like a lot about UVA – the coaching staff, the Sintim coach, the players, the fact that UVA is only thirty hours away from me,” he said. “It’s good there. I really like”.

With a .8826 rating in the industry’s 247Sports Composite, Robinson is the highest ranked leader in the Virginia class.

He is also the fifth player in the state to move to Virginia, joining linebacker Woodberry Forest, Virginia. Rodney LauraHighland Springs (Virginia) Miles GreenKnoxville (Virginia) Forward Patriot Cole Serber and Stafford (Virginia) Colonial forge running back Donte Hawthorne.