Berk's Breakdown: Corey Robinson

Berk continues his review of Notre Dame's 2013 recruiting class with another look at wide receiver pledge Corey Robinson, who fared well at the recent Nike event, The Opening, earlier this month.


HT – WT – SPEED: During his time at Cincinnati and in his first two seasons at Notre Dame, head coach Brian Kelly has enjoyed having a tall possession receiver at his disposal, one capable of going up and taking a ball at its highest point. Corey Robinson will be able to fill that need with his 6-foot-4, 195-pound body. But while Robinson will always have a height advantage over defensive backs, he will not have a speed advantage. A long strider, Robinson is fast enough and big enough to gain separation at the line to open himself up to make plays.

QUICKNESS – AGILITY – BALANCE: On several film clips you can see Robinson using his quick first steps to gain an advantage in press coverage, an important trait in a player of Robinson's size. What's more impressive is his ability to leap, make the catch and then position his body to go forward to gain yards or even score. This requires great agility and balance and makes Robinson a player with great upside

STRENGTH: Robinson is still growing, gaining inches and weight entering his senior season. Don't expect to hear great bench press or physical strength numbers from Robinson who has extremely long arms. However, I fully expect him to grow into his frame and add the needed brute strength to play at a high level. I also like his lower body recoil and expect Robinson to become more explosive in the coming years.

BODY FLEXIBILITY. You can see Robinson's great flexibility in several clips as he's able to reach back across his body to make a catch. His father David is known as one of the most agile centers in basketball history and the younger Robinson uses some of those same skill sets on the football field when going after the ball at its highest point.


There is concern Robinson is getting added attention because of has father's fame. But after checking out several highlights you can see the younger Robinson is a developing player with a high ceiling. How much trouble will Robinson and future Irish teammate Mike Heuerman cause if both are lined up on the field at the same time?

Does Robinson need work? Yes, he's still very raw and you can see it in the way he runs his routes. He'll also need to improve his blocking off the line. While he shows the ability to lock onto a defender with a good base, he still needs technique work and added strength to excel.


Notre Dame is taking a little bit of a chance with Robinson as he's a work in progress. However, the overall canvas on and off the field is something the Irish could not pass up. As Robinson continues to mature he should add the strength he'll need to block and to win battles off the line of scrimmage. He should also become a much better route runner as he gains experience and the repetitions needed to take his game to another level.

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