COLUMBUS, Ohio — A high school receiver cited for marijuana possession while on a recruiting trip to Ohio State on Jan. 21 signed with Florida on Wednesday.
Receiver James Robinson, ranked as the No. 114 player in the Class of 2017 by 247sports.com, officially became a Florida Gator as Ohio State for the first time talked about how a player on an official visit could wind up in court records.
“We educate our players as much as we can and we try to do as much research on prospects before we even bring them up here,” Mark Pantoni, player personnel director in charge of the recruiting operation, said Wednesday. “I guess mistakes happen with the number of kids we bring up here. We don’t want it to happen, and it’s not a good reflection on us either.
“We do as much homework as we can to avoid those situations, but we got a bad deal on that one.”
When a high school player comes to Ohio State on an official visit, which means it is paid for by the school, he is typically paired with a current player or players who serve as the host or hosts for that visit.
So what does that mean for Ohio State in terms of any current players as it relates to Robinson’s charge?
“It’s not a worry. Obviously, we worry every day about kids,” Pantoni said. “It’s college. We don’t want our players doing that sort of thing. But it’s not something we go to sleep worried about, that kids are going to have issues like that. We have a lot of trust in our kids. We constantly remind them every day, our coaches do. We feel confident in the kind of kids we bring in the program and that they make the