Winslow Township defensive back Keith Robinson has orally committed to attend Southern Methodist University on a football scholarship, Eagles coach Mike McBride announced yesterday.

Robinson, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound senior, also visited William & Mary, Duke and Northwestern.

"He wanted to go to the Deep South," McBride said. "He has a lot of aunts, uncles and cousins in the Dallas area, so it was a good fit for him, and he liked the academic programs at SMU."

Robinson, who also played running back and rushed for 625 yards and five touchdowns last season, carries a 3.5 grade point average.

"He's a very cerebral person, smarter than his coach," McBride said.

Robinson had 54 tackles, forced two fumbles, and had three interceptions last season. He was recruited as a defensive back by new coach June Jones, who left Hawaii to take the job at SMU on Jan. 7.

"This does a lot for South Jersey recruiting; it opens up a new area for South Jersey recruits," said McBride, aware that few area players attend colleges in Texas.

Recruits can sign binding letters of intent starting next Wednesday.

Arruda to Lehigh.

Senior Bryce Arruda, a standout 6-1, 220-pound linebacker from Haddonfield, has committed to Lehigh. An all-Colonial Conference selection, Arruda also visited Bucknell. He canceled visits to Lafayette and Delaware because "he felt comfortable at Lehigh," said Al Arruda, his father.

Sacred Heart lands Embler.

Cinnaminson's Justin Embler, an all-league linebacker, will attend Division I-AA Sacred Heart (Conn.) on a three-quarter scholarship, according to Pirates coach Mario Patrizi.

Recruited as a defensive end, the 6-2, 230-pound Embler was a three-year starter for Cinnaminson. During his visit to Sacred Heart, Embler enjoyed every aspect of the school, Patrizi said.

"He loved the academic part of it, loved the coaching staff, and loved the fact that he has a good chance of playing right away," Patrizi said.

Sacred Heart competes in the Northeast Conference with schools such as Monmouth.

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