Sterling, VA (April 18, 2017) – Dominion senior Jayson Robinson has commit to play football for Howard University beginning the 2017/2018 academic school year.
“Committing to Howard back in January 2017 was one of the best feelings ever,” said Robinson. “Words cannot describe how happy am about the decision.”
Howard University is a culturally diverse, research-intensive historically black college in the heart of Washington, DC. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,883 and a campus size of 258 acres. Its most popular majors include: Business, Management, Marketing, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. HU offers graduate programs from the Schools of Business and Law, and the Colleges of Medicine, Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences. Notable alumni include former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison and Emmy Award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad. Howard University’s ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 124.
“At first my recruiting experience was really slow,” said Robinson, “but it started to pick up more towards the end of my senior season. After sitting down and listening to what the new head coach and the athletic director had to say about the rebuild of their program and the start of something new, I couldn’t deny the opportunity to pave a path and start a new foundation.”
Robinson’s head football coach will be Mike London. Coach London comes to Howard after serving as an associate head coach/defensive line coach for the University of Maryland. Before coaching the Terrapins, he was the head coach at the University of Virginia and the University of Richmond, respectfully for eight seasons. A highly regarded recruiter, London helped bring in four top-35 classes during his tenure at Virginia. In 2011 he was named ACC Coach of the Year. As the head coach at Richmond (2008-09), London captured 24 wins and led the Spiders to the FCS Championship in his first season. He helped 28 Spiders achieve all-conference honors in just two seasons. London played defensive back at Richmond (1979-1982) before playing one season for the Dallas Cowboys.
“Going into my first year, I expect to come in and make an immediate impact whether it is at cornerback or on special teams,” said Robinson. “I’ll be ready to play wherever and whenever.”
Robinson, the 1st team All-Conference / 2nd team All-Region defensive back and punter returner, 2nd team All-Conference wide receiver, and All-Loudoun defensive back has played football for twelve years. When asked about some of his fondest memories during that tenure, Jayson shared, “Getting my first chance to play my sophomore year against Broad Run and forcing a special teams fumble my first time on the field. Also, the game against Loudoun Valley my senior year where I went from a relatively quiet player that didn’t talk too much, to a loud aggressive player that didn’t hesitate to get in the other teams’ face. I will also remember all the playoff games I experienced throughout high school.”
Asked what advice he would give others on pursing their dreams, Jayson shared, “Trust that your coaches will put you in the best situations and always support you. It is also important to be coachable and always ask questions.”
Please join us in wishing Jayson Robinson the very best on the gridiron, and in the classroom as he pursues a degree in computer science or sports management from Howard University.