|Robbins signs with Johns Hopkins|
|Written by Gary Gregory|
|Wednesday, 13 February 2013 00:00|
Tippecanoe senior Zach Robbins signed a letter of intent last week to attend Johns Hopkins University.
Without question, it's a good fit for the Red Devil third baseman who combines the brains and brawn needed to succeed at the exclusive university located in Baltimore, Md.
His goal is to be a scholar-athlete at Johns Hopkins.
"Zach is one of the top five (students) at Tippecanoe High School," said Matt Shomper, the Red Devil athletic director.
Focused on a college major in engineering, Robbins has taken several AP math and science classes at Tippecanoe, namely calculus and physics,
"Engineering manufacturing that includes business and manufacturing," Robbins responded when asked about his specific major.
Turning to brawn, the 6-foot-3 Robbins weighs in at nearly 220 pounds. That's a huge increase in size from his 5-foot-9 frame just a few years ago.
He used his size and power at a summer baseball camp held last summer in Long Island, N.Y. He was batting in the right place at the right time when he smashed a 400-foot home run over the left field fence.
"The coach of Johns Hopkins (Robert Rabb), along with other coaches, was walking by when I hit the home run," Robbins said.
Rabb, impressed with the mighty blast by Robbins, made contact with the soon-to-be Tippecanoe senior.
One thing led to another. Within time, Robbins jumped at the chance to pursue his engineering studies and play baseball at Johns Hopkins University, a college with an enrollment of approximately 6,000 students.
So, with his parents Richard and Elizabeth at his side, Robbins -- who is also a member of the Tippecanoe swim team -- signed his letter of intent in Room 109 as his classmates applauded.
"This is quite an honor for Zach," said Red Devil baseball coach Bruce Cahill.