BREAKING NEWS: League Defensive MVP to Idaho

KEEPING THE LINEBACKER CORPS well-stocked is critical, and with all three Vandal starters graduating this unit will need numbers. Enter Upland High School 2-year starter TRE'SHAWN ROBINSON (6-0, 220), a soft-spoken leader on a team that finished 6-3 and went two games into the California State Playoffs. The effort earned him Baseline League Defensive MVP honors and a visit from Idaho coaches.

PLAYER PROFILE: Tre'shawn Robinson, 6-0, 221, 4.7, Linebacker


Robinson was selected to play in the SoCal Bowl (also known as the Navy Marine Corps All-Star Game) which will be played on January 26th at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Field. Robinson will play on the same "Marine" team as Vandal wide receiver recruit Marsel Posey.
Don't expect Vandal linebacker recruit Tre'shawn Robinson to gush over his accomplishments as a high school athlete at Upland High School. A 2-year starting outside linebacker for the Scots, Robinson's career was solid.

A 2-time First-Team All-Baseline League selection, Tre recorded a team-best 55 tackles as a junior, including three sacks and two interceptions from his weakside linebacker position. Following an offseason dedicated to improving his strength and speed, Tre backed up that junior effort with 66 tackles and three sacks in this, his senior season at Upland.

For the effort he was named Baseline League Defensive MVP and was invited to play in the SoCal Bowl, which will be played on January 26th at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Field.

A solid commitment for Idaho, Tre has no plans to visit any other programs. "It was great, it was a great trip," Tre'Shawn said about his visit to a snow-covered Moscow last weekend. "It was just like family. There was no dropoff [no lack of respect] coming from high school up to there - everyone took me in like I was up there the whole time."

Hosted by current Vandal linebacker Joseph "JoJo" Dickson, a sophomore who earned significant playing time last year at outside linebacker as a true freshman, Tre said he expects to play right away.

"They were very excited," Robinson told Scout when asked what the reaction was from the team and coaching staff when he made his verbal commitment last weekend. "I got congrats from everyone in the dinner hall, and it was great. Everyone was excited for me."

And for good reason.

In addition to his performance on the gridiron, he's devoted himself to training year-round. Last offseason he improved his bench from 255 to 315, and now reports a 365 max. With a 490-pound squat and 30-inch vertical jump, he isn't focusing all his attention on developing the upper body.

Another solid offseason, coming on the heels of an outstanding High School career, could net Tre' immediate playing time next fall on a Vandal linebacking unit that will be rebuilding.

NOTE: Robinson's Upland High School team made it two games into the California State Championship playoffs last year, falling to Centennial High School and recent Idaho wide receiver commit Marsel Posey.

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