This is a treat for me.  Today I get to catch up with one of my old clients, Armand Robinson, as he discusses his football career with you.  Armand has played at all three levels and I think will be able to provide some real insight for you on what you need to do to be the best football player possible.

This is part one of our interview which talks about his high school days and how he was able to land a division one scholarship in football.  Enough of me talking, let’s get to it.

AK: Give us a brief introduction of who you are and what you are currently doing:

AR: My name is Armand Robinson, I’m a professional football player half of the year and I work in sales for a company in Dallas the other half.  I also have aspirations to go back to graduate school when I’m finished played football.

AK: What sport(s) did you play in high school and where did you go to high school?  

AR: I went to Reynoldsburg high School

[here in Columbus, Ohio], where I played football for 2 years and ran track for one.  It’s something that I greatly regret (only playing 2 years) because there is nothing like playing high school football.

AK: Give us a little description about your high school playing days.  When did you start playing?  Did you have to choose just one sport to focus on?  What grade were you playing significant minutes on the varsity squad?  Anything else that describes it.  

AR: I grew up playing football.  I started when I was just 6 years old, and continued to play every year until the 8th grade when I suffered a broken collar bone and decided to take a break from the game.  Peer pressure and hunger to get back on the field fueled my return to the gridiron my junior year of high school.  It was a successful year.  I started both ways as a safety and wide receiver, earned all state honors and got my first college offer to the University of North Carolina.

AK: If you did play just one sport, what was the decision behind that?  What was your year round training schedule like?  If you had to do it over again, would you do it the same, differently, or maybe play a second sport as well?

AR: I ran track my junior year in high school and that was the only year of competing in multiple sports. I think track helped me stay in shape, kept me in a competitive mindset, and kept me disciplined during the football off season. If I could go back I would play more sports. Staying active all year round is very important.

AK: At the high school level, what extra training did you do?  Lifting, private lessons, conditioning either with a private coach or your team.

AR: Football is taken serious even at the high school level. Our off season consisted of a weight training schedule and a conditioning schedule with our strength and conditioning coach. I would also run routes with my quarterback as much as possible.

AK: At what point did you decide you wanted to pursue athletics in college or realize that you might have the potential to play in college?  Why did you want to pursue college athletics?

AR: After having my successful junior year of high school and the influx of calls and letters from universities began to come in I realized that I would have a chance to play in college.  I received my first offer from UNC in the mail at the conclusion of that year and it was sealed that I would play in college.

AK: What was the process for you to get looked at by college coaches?  Did your high school coach help?  Was it primarily things you did on your own (contacting colleges)?  Or were you just that good that they were contacting you and knew how to find you?

AR: I honestly didn’t do much on my own in terms of sending tape out and trying to market myself.  I let my game do the work, and the rest panned out.  I guess I got lucky to be playing at a division 1 school in Ohio, a state where scouts will find good talent.

AK: What was your favorite moment of your high school athletic career?

AR: My second game of my junior year. I was under the radar and not really known.  I scored a 60 yard bomb on the first play and set the tone for the game.  I scored a couple more times and had a good night.  We ended up winning by a touchdown against a team that was thought of as a much stronger team.  After this game I started to be double teamed more.

AK: What accolades or awards did you win/earn for your high school athletic career?

AR: I was all state, and all O.C.C(Ohio Capital Conference).  I was a part of a group called the tremendous 26, an award that goes to a list of guys that is supposedly the best 26 players in the state of that year.  I also played in the Ohio North South All Star game where I was the offensive MVP.

AK: If you had to do it all over again, what things would you do differently (if any) to have the best high school athletic career possible?

AR: I would play all 4 years.  That’s the biggest regret.  I would also consider playing at a school with a stronger football program.

AK: Knowing what you know now, how would you go about the college recruiting process differently (if anything)?  There are all sorts of tryouts and showcases for athletes these days, do you think they help, would you do more, less, none?  Or would you have prepared yourself to do better athletically to showcase your talent during games?

AR: I think certain camps can make a big difference.  For the elite athletes I think the Nike camp can really benefit a guy that may have a story like mine.  However it can also hurt your stock if you go and don’t perform well.  I would make an effort to attend more camps.  I only attended the OSU team camp in high school.  I was offered to go to the Nike camp, but I turned it down because of a sore hamstring.

How about that for a first part of the interview?  A lot of good stuff in there to show you what it takes to be a stud football player.  Yes it takes talent, but it also takes some hard work.  The next part of the interview will discuss his college years, the differences between high school and college, and trying to prep for a pro career.  Feel free to post your comments below.