Corey Robinson (Wide Receiver, 6'5" 195 pounds)In early September, weeks into the 2012 high school football season, Irisheyes.com recruiting analyst Brian Dohn interviewed Robinson's high school coach, Brian Marmion (San Antonio Christian Schools):
"He's really worked on his breaks, in and out. He's a little faster," said Marmion. "He clocked some high 4.5s (in the 40-yard dash) for us this summer. He popped two in a row for us. He's definitely a little faster. He's such a smart kid and things are more second nature. He understand coverages and where to go to get open."
"He's such a sponge. He wants to know everything completely," Marmion said. "We've seen this year he is coming out a much more intense competitor. I think that is from the combine. He is playing at level if ball is in air, he thinks he owns it."
Berk on Robinson Has proven he's more than just the son of a former pro athlete. The biggest concern with Robinson is the possibility of him having a late growth spurt like his famous father. Great frame and solid hands will give the Irish coaches something to work with early.
Dohn on Robinson: If Robinson ever puts on some weight, he could be a killertight end. However, that may be a pipe dream so he will play receiver and has the potential to be very good. He has good ball skills and balance, and he is sure-handed. He needs to tighten his route-running, and increase his strength to be an effective run blocker
O'Malley's Initial SlottingIt would be a surprise if the 6'5" Robinson (listed at 6'4" by FOXSportsNEXT.com last spring) doesn't hit 6'6" at some point in his collegiate career. And at 195, it'd be equally surprising if he doesn't play 2013 at approximately 205 pounds, and 2014 near 215. His development thereafter will dictate the final weight gain necessary, as Robinson's body control and vertical leap rank as his greatest assets at present.
Adding excessive bulk might not be the appropriate path if he's to remain a perimeter target tasked with going downfield and winning one-on-one matchups.
Not all tall receivers win the battle for the ball in the air when matched vs. collegiate compeition, but Robinson's reported 36-inch vertical leap, coupled with a 6'5" or 6'6" frame and willingness to be coached on the art of his craft, suggests his latter years in South Bend will be filled with red zone targets and touchdowns caught at the highest point.
Unlike Fuller and possibly Onwualu, I expect Robinson to redshirt and adapt to a higher level of competition and the college game. Remaining at wide receiver would be ideal, as Robinson could give Kelly a target similar to 2005 graduate Maurice Stovall, a 6'5" 205-pound freshman who developed greatly as a pass-catcher, downfield target, and most important, as a perimeter blocker, while adding nearly 20 pounds of muscle over his four seasons at the program.
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