By: Jim Steele
Wednesday morning, McKenzie's all-time leading rusher, Eric Robinson, put his name on the dotted line, then stood up, proclaimed his love for his offensive line, football team and school.
Robinson signed with Arkansas Tech, a Division 2 member of the Great Amerian Conference, regarded as one of the toughest D-2 football conferences in the country, on National Signing Day.
The MHS senior was an all-stater this season as well as the Region 6-2A offensive MVP. Robinson leaves with 780 carries for 4,492 yards and 84 touchdowns. He was selected to play in the West Tennessee All-Star game.
"I'm excited and ready to go," said Robinson, who was one of 38 players to sign with the Wonder Boys. "I love my line and my team. I couldn't have done this without them."
Robinson said he is aware of the rigors of the league he's about to enter.
"I'm ready for it and I feel like I'm up for the challenge," he said.
McKenzie head coach Wade Comer said he knew early in Robinson's career that he had a special player.
"He took a lot of punishment and kept coming back. He is a special kind of player," the coach said.
Comer said that playing in the Great American will be challenging.
"They have some pretty good teams in that league, but I think he can handle it," the coach said. "He is a hard worker, does everything you ask him to and is a tough running back. We've had over 40 players sign from McKenzie High School since I've been here. Some of them have gone on to be national champions and team captains. I fully expect Eric to represent the high school and community well."
Arkansas Tech was a former member of the Gulf South Conference before joining the GAC in 2011. The 12-team league is comprised of mostly Arkansas and Oklahoma colleges. The Wonder Boys, as the are known, were 6-5 last year.