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Jenni Carlson: Danielle Robinson wanted no part of being a Stanford girl

by Jenni Carlson Published: April 4, 2010

It only figured that when Robinson developed into one of the nation’s top recruits that Stanford would be one of her finalists.

"It was such a great opportunity to be offered a scholarship at Stanford,” Robinson said, "but once I stepped on campus here, it was like night and day.

"I just clicked with the team, and that was it.”

Leaving California was the last thing on her mind when she first started being recruited. She wanted to stay close to home. She wanted her family to be able to come to lots of games.

Everyone figured her decision would come down to Stanford or Cal with USC as a darkhorse candidate.

Then at a tournament only a couple months before signing day, Robinson met Sooner coach Sherri Coale for the first time.

One thing led to another.

"We’re going where?” Robinson’s mother, Denise, asked when her daughter said they were taking an official visit to OU.

Robinson took a couple of other official visits after going to Norman, but eventually she canceled her last two visits and committed to the Sooners.

"The outsiders looking in always wondered why,” Robinson said. "‘Why not stay in the Pac-10?’”

She wanted to do something different, face different players, play different teams. She wanted to break from the mold. She wanted to make her own mark.

That’s why Robinson is all the more excited about tonight’s game. It’s not only an opportunity to advance to the national championship game but also a chance to show everyone back home why she chose OU, a chance to prove that she was right.

It’s a chance to demonstrate why Stanford was not her team and why OU is.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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