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| Thursday, August 20, 2015 9:57 p.m
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Kenny Robinson knows his future is on defense, but the University Prep junior receiver loves to score touchdowns.

“It’s hard because sometimes I want to score so bad,” he said, “but I know when I get to the next level I’ll be the one stopping people from scoring.”

Just call the end zone Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood.

For the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder, it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood every time he scores, and one out of every seven catches was a touchdown last fall.

“His playmaking ability at the wide receiver position has been something that is quite amazing to see on a daily basis,” USO coach Lou Berry said. “The way he tracks the ball, he’s deceivingly fast, has great hand-eye coordination and he’s one of the toughest players on the team. When you package that all together, that’s why he’s so special.”

Robinson tends to win jump balls, using his leaping ability and long arms as well as his desire to be a difference-maker.

“I get to show my athletic ability and what I can do,” Robinson said. “I have to go get it. I’ve got to come down with it. I just want it more than anybody.”

Robinson realizes that his success comes with a catch: He wants to win a City League title and lead USO on a PIAA playoff run, which will require him to play a starring role on offense. He also sees the irony that his success at receiver will open doors for him on defense.

Where Cincinnati, Temple and Toledo have offered Robinson scholarships as a receiver, West Virginia wants him at safety and Pitt as an athlete.

“I think Kenny Robinson has ‘arrived,’ ” Berry said. “He’s not a secret anymore.”

Not in this neighborhood.

Kevin Gorman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at kgorman@tribweb.com or via Twitter @KGorman_Trib.

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