Michigan hardly recruited Allen Robinson, and Michigan State wanted to turn him into a defensive back.

So the former Orchard Lake St. Mary’s star settled on Penn State, and after becoming a first-team All-Big Ten wide receiver the last two seasons, Robinson will likely be taken in the first two rounds of the NFL draft this May.

Being passed over in the recruiting process often puts a chip on an athlete’s shoulder, but Robinson said something other than the oversight by the Spartans and Wolverines motivates him.

“Just wanting to be great,” he said at the NFL combine. “That’s something I really pride myself on, and that’s something I can continue to push myself to be the best player I can be.”

Robinson was among the slowest wide receivers at the combine with a 4.6-second 40-yard dash, but his size (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) and tape make him one of the top receivers in the draft. His 39-inch vertical and 10-foot, 7-inch broad jump — both ranking in the top six at receiver this year — don’t hurt either.

As a sophomore, Robinson caught 77 passes for 1,018 yards and 11 touchdowns. Last year he had 97 catches for 1,432 yards, both Penn State records, and six touchdowns.

The production helped Robinson decide to forgo his senior season despite entering what’s considered one of the best wide receiver classes in several years. Clemson’s Sammy Watkins, Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, USC’s Marqise Lee, Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks, Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin and LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. are all potential first-round talents, while receivers like Robinson, Jordan Matthews of Vanderbilt, Davante Adams of Fresno State and Jarvis Landry of LSU may be pushed to the second round.

Penn State coach Bill O’Brien leaving to coach the Houston Texans also factored into the decision, Robinson said.

“I still felt pretty confident in my decision,” he said. “I felt it was best for me at the time. With losing my coach at Penn State, I think that was a big decision for me, but I feel comfortable with the decision I made with the depth of the receiver class. But I don’t try to focus on that too much. I just try to focus on improving myself.”

Robinson credited O’Brien, a former offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, with his development at Penn State. While with the Nittany Lions, Robinson said O’Brien and the staff had him watch tape of NFL receivers, including Brandon Lloyd, Chad Johnson and Stevie Johnson.

Robinson also appreciated O’Brien challenging him to become a better route runner and playmaker.

“Going into the offseason, he would give me a list of things to work on and I would try to fine-tune that each and every offseason,” he said.

A native of Southfield, Robinson hesitantly said he was a Lions fan growing up, explaining later he simply liked competitive football and certain players.

However, the Lions do have a need for multiple wide receivers this offseason, and Robinson said it’d be nice to return home. He also said it’d be an “honor” to learn from star Lions receiver Calvin Johnson.

Of course, Robinson is focused on doing whatever he can between now and May to become a first-round pick, wherever that may be.