There’s something about football that always has fans on their toes. From the tailgates to the last whistle blown, College football is by far the most favorite sport watched in America. From the other side of the spectrum, there is no comparison of the type of both awards and obstacles individual athletes face during their process of growth as a student athlete. Getting the privilege to talk to many athletes, senior Wide Receiver at Boston College, Elijah Robinson, went into detail focusing on what it was like making so many transitions to be comfortable as a student athlete. During the interview, many questions were asked regarding how his personal experience was from being a recruit in high school, all the way up to choosing Boston College as his home, and approaching his senior and last season before the next level.
Being in high school is both so exciting and so scary. It’s supposed to be the best four years of your life. Athletes are usually on a very strict schedule, depending on the type of school they choose to go to. There are many talented athletes who train both at public, and private schools throughout the nation.
Elijah had a very successful career during high school. Being so young, it’s hard to know right from wrong as far as continuing to the next level. “The hardest part in the recruiting process by far is figuring who is telling the truth and who is lying to you. Coaches come to you with one thing on their mind and that is to sell their school well enough to get you to commit. They will tell you anything to get that done and it’s hard as a 17 or 18-year-old to detect who truly means what they say,” says Elijah. Being a New Jersey native, his decision to continue his education and athletic career at Boston College was an easy decision. During the recruiting process, he was being looked at by Ohio State, Rutgers, Nebraska and Michigan State. “When looking for a school I was looking for a great education system. I was looking for a School that would set me up when football was all said and done. It was also important to me to be in a great football culture and have teammates that I could really call family,” said the wide receiver. “I think the deciding factor to come to BC was the people I’m here with. When I came on visits I felt like the guys here were the type of people I wanted to be around, and I could develop as a person well with them. Also, the values that BC stresses are values that I’ve always lived my life by. “He knew right away Boston College was the place he wanted to call home for the next four years.
Going into his first season, Elijah struggled when it came to football. With Boston College being ranked one of the top academic schools in America, it was a brain overloaded all together, but everyone seemed to be extremely helpful and guided him along the way. “My transition from high school to college was tough when I came to the on-field aspect. The speed and knowledge of the game changed so drastically that it took me a little while to adapt. Workout wise it was a smooth transition because I was prepared really well by my training. Also Learning Resources at Boston College did an amazing job helping the transition with academics. I was able to get a grasp on it quickly.” Elijah has had a pretty successful career so far for the Eagles, in which he hopes to continue for his last year of college ball before heading on with high hopes of playing in the NFL. The hard part is already over, some athletes believe to think. Making so many transitions and facing so many obstacles helps them grow as a player.
Elijah is using his senior season to prepare for a very busy spring and summer next year. “If I make it to the next level I plan on preparing by readying myself mental more than physically. I think it’s important to know everything there is for you to know about football. Coaches love players that can actually talk football. I’d also like to make sure I know how to keep a stable mind through the grind of the NFL. It’s a business at that point and your life depends on every move.”