Semper Fi Bowl: Cali ATH Tyree Robinson

San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln athlete Tyree Robinson recently re-injured the foot he fractured last summer but is still hanging out at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and trying to enjoy the experience.

Tyree Robinson is an incredible two-sport talent who committed to Oregon to play football and basketball. He's a two-way standout in football and has the ability to play corner, safety or receiver but will start out at safety for the Ducks.

Robinson fractured his foot in the summer and unfortunately tweaked it again in a basketball practice just a week ago.

"I missed all of July and August recovering from it last summer," Robinson said. "It took about 8-10 weeks to get back from it and I actually rushed back before I was ready because I felt like my team needed me. We made it to the championship game and things were going really well.

"Then on Christmas Eve, I was at basketball practice and came down from a rebound and landed on a teammates foot and rolled it. I heard it crack and knew it was the same injury as before so I'm going to have to stay off of it for another 8-10 weeks. I won't rush back this time, I'm going to get healthy and be ready to go in the fall."

Robinson is eager to get to Oregon and said he was given the option of where he would like to play for the Ducks and wants to start out on defense.

"I really like defense, I have a defensive mentality and I like to get physical out there," Robinson said. "I'm an aggressive player and I enjoy playing corner too since I can use my size against the bigger receivers and I'm just as athletic as they are too. They said they need some size and depth at safety next year so that's where I'll be. I'll play wherever I'm needed, I just want to get on the field."

As for why he chose Oregon, Robinson said it was a combination of things.

"They have a great football program and an emerging program in basketball as well," Robinson said. "Coach Kelly said he would have no problem with me playing basketball and he and Coach Altman were on the same page and made me and my brother (Tyrell) feel very comfortable there.

"The basketball program is really on the rise and hopefully with me and my brother going there, we can continue to keep that going. We're trying to recruit some athletes to come play with us and I think they have a great future in both sports for sure."

Robinson has heard the buzz that Duck head coach Chip Kelly could be offered an NFL job and talked about what that would do for his commitment.

"Yeh, I've heard those rumors," Robinson said. "Coach Kelly came and visited me and my brother before they left before Bowl Game and I asked him about it. He said he's not even worrying about that and is just focusing on the Bowl game. I know he likes Oregon a lot. He had an NFL job last year but turned it down so I know he's very happy at Oregon.

"If he does leave, and the whole coaching staff left, I might have to look at some other options. If he left but the staff stayed, I would still be solid. I think if the staff stayed, things would still be the same so I would be good to go with Oregon. Other schools are still calling us.

"USC has been recruiting us hard and even though I know they're full, they said they would make room for us. They really want us to visit and said they love our talent. Washington is calling too but the coach I was real close with was Jimmy Dougherty and he left. I really connected with him but Jimmy was my guy but if Chip and the staff left, I could see us visiting both USC and Washington. Hopefully it doesn't come to that though and we'll both be at Oregon next year, that's where our heart is at for sure."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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