All things considered, Bryce Robinson had a pretty good weekend.

The outstanding left-handed pitcher in the Kokomo High School baseball program had successful shoulder surgery Friday in Cincinnati, and while there, heard news that his Wildkat football team took over sole possession of first place in the North Central Conference.

Oh, and by the way, he also accepted a scholarship to one of the nation’s premier baseball programs.

Georgia Tech had offered Robinson a scholarship this summer and Saturday night, Robinson checked back with coach Danny Hall to see if the offer was still there — that is, if the surgery hadn’t scared Tech away.

“I told Coach Hall about the surgery (that ended Robinson’s football season) and asked him if the offer was still there,” Robinson said. “He said I was still his guy and that my calling him had made his night. He also told me that he had surgery before his freshman year in college and that he wouldn’t be the man he was today if his coach hadn’t stood by him.”

Robinson, 19-1 over the past two seasons with the Wildkats, also had an offer from Clemson and had planned visits to Kentucky and Tennessee.

Georgia Tech, he said, was the perfect choice for him.

“I really like [Atlanta],” Robinson said, noting the added plus that he is a die-hard Braves fan. “The campus is right downtown but also very secluded. It’s just an awesome place. I loved the coaches and [Tech’s] playing style seemed to fit me.”

Robinson said his scholarship, coupled with his working baseball camps there, will pay about 95 percent of the $30,000 annual costs. He said he expects to ink his scholarship offer soon after the Nov. 1 signing period begins.

Robinson indicated early on that he wanted to play college baseball at a top-flight program in the south. He would have been hard pressed to find a more respected conference (the Atlantic Coast) or better school and team than Georgia Tech.

The Yellow Jackets have been a preseason Top 10 pick six of the last nine years and have advanced to the elite College World Series most recently in 2002 and 2006. Hall, head coach since 1994, has an impressive 579-248 (.700) won-lost record and the program itself has logged 25 consecutive winning seasons.

Most recent Georgia Tech players to have made impacts at the major league level include Kevin Brown, Jason Varitek and Normar Garciaparra. A school record 10 Yellow Jacket players were selected in the 2007 MLB draft.

Robinson didn’t totally eliminate the chance that he would sign with a major league team after the June 2008 draft, but said it would likely take first or second round money to change his mind.

“A lot will depend on how well I play next spring and of course with the surgery, there may be some teams that won’t want to take a chance on me,” Robinson said. “It would take a lot of money to change my mind because right now I’m looking at the long term — a degree from Georgia Tech that will get me a great job.”

With a 9-1 record and 1.35 ERA, Robinson was the major contributor last spring for a Kokomo team that won the North Central Conference, finished 28-4 and was the Class 4A state baseball runner-up.

Wildkat coach Steve Edwards said he was happy with Robinson’s decision.

“Bryce is big on team chemistry — how the players and coaches get along,” Edwards said. “It was important to him that the team has a family atmosphere and that was what he felt at Georgia Tech.”

Edwards said one particular trait separated Robinson from many of the other great high school pitchers across the country.

“All the schools knew he had talent, but the next question is what kind of competitor he is,” Edward said. “Anyone who has watched him knows he has that edge — he battles and competes. He’s fearless. He doesn’t feel there is anyone he can’t get out.”

Robinson, who said the tear in his shoulder was smaller than expected, said he would be in a sling for about a month, but back at 100 percent by the start of high school baseball season.

And that’s an important time for him and his Wildkats.

“Our goal from Day 1 will be to win a state championship,” he said. “We got the red ring last year, we want a blue one this time.”

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