Kenneth Robinson Jr. considered studying and playing football at several different colleges — but all the signs kept pointing back to Elizabeth City State University.
On Friday, Robinson attended freshman orientation at ECSU and moved in on campus. He and his parents, Kenneth Robinson Sr. and Vicky Robinson, of Yorktown, Va., said the university’s new kinesiology curriculum, the personal attention the staff showed during the admissions process, and opportunities on the football field combined to make ECSU the perfect choice for his education.
Kenneth Robinson Jr., a tight end on the Vikings football team, said he is looking forward to the upcoming football season and to majoring in kineesilogy. He said the kinesiology major will allow him to stay involved in athletics by being an athletic trainer but also work in physical therapy at a rehab center or hospital.
“I will be more focused than ever on keeping my grades up,” he said.
Kenneth Robinson Sr. said a major factor in his son’s decision to choose ECSU was the interest staff showed in having him attend the university.
“I really feel good about it,” he said. “The biggest thing I see in getting him here is it was like family. Every administrator just went out of their way to get him in here. I really felt like they really wanted him here. It was the interest they showed, from athletics to the administrators.”
Robinson Sr. said a number of other colleges expressed an interest in having his son play football at their school. Among the other colleges his son talked to were East Carolina University, Hampton University, N.C. Central, West Virginia Wesleyan and Middle Tennessee State, he said.
“But in terms of the interest that they showed, Elizabeth City just blew them out of the water,” he said.
Robinson Sr. singled out Latonya Lewis, ECSU’s assistant director of admissions, for special praise.
“She really went to bat,” he said. “We probably talked to her two or three times a…