Robinson Brings Unique Mindset To Fortius Project
While its easy to get swallowed up in results, Kylan Robinson prefers to take a different approach. His mindset isn’t like that of many of his peers.
As a junior last fall he led Desoto Central with 98 tackles. Despite the Jaguars finishing 3-9 and Robinson not receiving the recognition his play deserved, he remains positive.
“I feel like this could be a breakout season for Desoto Central. I know this will be a breakout season for myself as long as I continue to work with Kareem Vance and continue praying and living by God,” Robinson told SES Mississippi. “My mindset just won’t allow me to quit. It’s that inner fog inside me, even when things get hard.”
That mindset, he says, stems from his father. So does his love for football. Marcus Robinson played for Oxford high in his day.
“His name still floats around there, by the way,” Robinson noted.
“My dad gave me a talk a while ago and basically told me that if I wanted to be the best I was going to have to get up and go chase it. Because there is no such thing as receiving a handout, especially in Mississippi.”
With some six months of offseason left before the kickoff of his senior season the countdown is on for Robinson. He’s focusing his work ethic towards improving his game.
Part of that process includes showcasing his skills, and competing against other top players, at the Fortius Project combine.
“With this being my senior year coming up I have to make sure I’m on my ‘A’ game,” Robinson explained. “I want to better myself to the maximum level. I want to push past limits I didn’t think I could pass. I want to work on my speed mainly. Even my change of direction. It never hurts to improve in anything.”
“At the Fortius Project I’m just trying to find some way to get my foot in the door and start my recruitment. I know I’m able to compete with some of the top dogs in the state. I’m just ready to show these coaches. My strengths are my mindset, my strength and my quick change of direction. That gives me a boost against these top players and prospects.”
Though the Jags face a tough test in region 1-6A in 2018, there is a path to improvement from an 0-7 mark a season ago. DC returns both players who took snaps at quarterback a year ago, as well as Robinson who is set to anchor the defense. The same mindset that the star linebacker uses to excel is what he feels can turn the program around.
“No matter what the circumstances are we trust in each other, we’re willing to work hard and we give it all for each other. Our bond will be the reason we break out,” Robinson explained.
Last season Desoto Central finished 3-2 against non-division opponents, though that did include a loss to Olive Branch, a division foe the previous three seasons. An improvement against the likes of Tupelo, South Panola, Horn Lake, Southaven, Oxford, Columbus and Hernando in 2018 will be pivotal in a potential turnaround.
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