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RICHBURG - Antwan Robinsons mother, Gloria Gladden, said Thursday was a blessing. The coaches and administration at Lewisville High School said having Antwan around for the last four years was a blessing to them.
Robinson, a Lions' football standout, signed on Thursday with North Greenville College.
Robinson received looks from a number of schools and had firm offers from Presbyterian College and Campbell. The Crusaders, though, were offering exactly what he was seeking.
"I basically liked the environment," Robinson said. "And they were able to offer me a full scholarship. I didn't want mom and dad to have to come out of their pocket to pay for school."
As a Lion, Robinson showed off a great deal of versatility, playing quarterback, running back, receiver, cornerback, safety and serving as a kick returner. That will come in handy at North Greenville, where Robinson said he is projected to play in the defensive secondary and special teams.
Lewisville coach Floyd Drum said Robinson's performance in the North-South All-Star game caused colleges to take notice.
"I'd sent film out on him already, so they were already familiar with him," Drum said. "But he had a great week of practice at the North-South game."
Not long after that event, Robinson said he first heard from North Greenville. He took a visit there last weekend and fell in love with the campus, which is near the mountains and the Christian atmosphere of the school. Gloria Gladden said Thursday was a great day for the family as a whole.
"This is a blessing," she said. "He's one of the first in our family to get a full college scholarship. It's a tribute to his hard work and leadership and to God. He couldn't have gotten this far without Him."
In addition to being an excellent football player, Robinson is also among the top students in his class. Drum said when schools saw his film and saw his transcripts, they "jumped all over him." But his positives go beyond just the class and the field.
"He's a leader in all respects at this school," said Lewisville assistant principal Carnell Gladden. "He's a model student and citizen. He's really an example for the world to see."
Major Williams, who served as Robinson's ROTC instructor for two years, said Robinson always made him proud because he always made good decisions.
"He never let peer pressure get to him," Williams said. "There were opportunities for him to go the wrong way, but he never did. He always stayed positive about everything and always does the right thing. North Greenville is getting a diamond in the rough. They have no idea what they're getting."
As a senior, Robinson caught 12 passes for 420 yards and four scores. When injuries struck the running back position, he got 12 carries for 83 yards and 3 scores against McBee. He also had a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown and recorded 38 tackles and 5 interceptions on defense.
Robinson plans to major in business. He is the second Lewisville player to sign a college scholarship (with Dion Foster being the other) and is the eighth from Chester County to sign so far this year.