INSIDE SLANT with DB Andre Robinson

For standout high school defensive back ANDRE ROBINSON, his college selection came down to two programs: Idaho and Colorado State. "I had a connection with everyone out there [Idaho] and the coaching staff – it felt like a family." Robinson helped lead his Bowie High (Arlington, TX) team to a 9-1 regular season record and an appearance in the 4th Round of the Class 5A State Championships.

PLAYER BIO: Andre Robinson, 6-0, 165, DB (Arlington, Texas)

VIDEO LINK: - Video of Andre Robinson

VIDEO LINK: Video of Bowie Playoff Victory
NOTES: About 75% into the video Andre causes a fumble on a kickoff, and later there is footage of an AMAZING interception by Andre Robinson (#31, left CB) on a reverse and throw). This video is a highlight clip of the Bowie HS Vols playoff victory over Marcus High School.

AFTER ENJOYING SEVERAL RECENT YEARS of solid defensive back play, Idaho will be in the position of rebuilding half the unit this fall. Gone is 2-time All WAC cornerback Stanley Franks (training for a shot at the NFL), as well as two-year starting Free Safety Chris Smith.

The cupboard is hardly bare though, as All-WAC strong safety junior Shiloh Keo returns and will undoubtedly be a defensive leader. Corners Breyon Williams (sr), Eric Hunter (soph) and Isaac Butts (soph) return with a solid year of experience under their belts. Also anticipated back are sophomores Dewey Hale (Idaho's starting kick returner last year) and Cary Jensen-Madison at safety.

Also in the mix will be touted junior cornerback T.J. Taylor (a JC transfer who redshirted last year at Idaho) and freshman corner Kenneth Patten (grayshirted last year).

Compared to earlier in this decade, Idaho is in good shape in the defensive backfield. But you can NEVER have too much talent.

ENTER ANDRE ROBINSON, a 6-0, 165-pound defensive back out of football hotbed Texas. A standout on Arlington Bowie High School's 2007 football team which battled for the Texas Class 5A, Region 1 Football Championship for the first time EVER, he will get his shot to play immediately. And for good reason. His senior season saw him earn Second Team Class 5A All District Honors, following a year in which he recorded 66 tackles, picked off 7 passes, blocked four kicks (two punts and two field goals), forced three fumbles, and recovered two fumbles.

Not a bad year's work.

The young man knows a thing or two about what it takes to rebuild a program too. Two years ago his Arlington Bowie High School Vols team went 1-9 - a common record for the downtrodden football program. This year they enjoyed the most football success they've had in a long, long time, making it to the quarterfinals of the Class 5A Division 1 playoffs before losing to eventual State Champ Euless Trinity 21-14.

The accomplishments of Robinson and his team highlighted an astounding turnaround for the program. Arlington City Champs, District Co-Champs, Bi-District Champs, Area Champs, and Region 1 Semi Finals Champs. Their accomplishments were many.

Twenty players earned All-District honors, including Andre who was named a Second Team Defensive Back selection.

Asked to describe how he feels about his decision to attend the University of Idaho, Andre had this to say: "I feel very fired up. I see the team - their talent – we're a young team right now. I see the potential of everything that we can do - we can do something at the University [of Idaho]."

ANDRE'S COLLEGE DECISION CAME DOWN TO two schools: Idaho and Colorado State. Robinson visited both schools on official visits, and came away from Moscow with a stronger connection to the team, coaches, and program.

"It [the recruiting process] went pretty good," Robinson said. "It was between Colorado State and Idaho. But Idaho I felt – I had a connection with everyone out there and the coaching staff – it felt like a family."

"I committed during my trip," Robinson added. "Idaho had been talking to me since the end of the football season, and then they came on a little harder. They came to my house and visited and stuff. Basically described what it was they were talking about with my parents and everything. I visited them and I liked everything they had to offer."

Hosted by fellow Texan Quin Ashley (who came to Idaho as an "athlete" and will be battling for the starting quarterback job this fall), Idaho has made substantial inroads in Texas. Last year the Vandals signed four Texans (Dewey Hale, Quin Ashley, LB Justin Allen (named to Idaho's ELITE 11 for his special teams performance this season), and TE Jim Reuber), and this year Idaho signed two more in Robinson and All-State running back Troy Vital.

Asked about the staff's reaction about his decision to join the Vandals, Robinson said, "They were real fired up – they were really, really fired up." He then added, "Getting some players from Texas."

Asked if he will play immediately or redshirt, Andre said the expected from a recruit of his caliber. "I'm planning on playing when I get there this fall."

No surprises there.

Asked to describe his strengths in his own words, he was precise. "My strengths as a football player, I'd say, are speed and physicalness." As evidenced by the video footage we have on Andre, and his accomplishments at Texas' highest high school level of competition.

And what will he major in at the University of Idaho? "I plan to major in kinesiology."

BOWIE HIGH SCHOOL HAD 15 PLAYERS sign with college programs this year. The list was highlighted by Andre Robinson (Idaho), Mohammed Usman (Houston), Kip Edwards (Missouri), Eric Mebane (Purdue), Roddy Maginot (Rice), Derek Clark (Rice), and Marcus McGraw (Houston). Also on the stage signing with Division 1A programs was wide receiver Andre' McGee (First Team All-District 8 selection, 3rd on team with 47 receptions, 2nd with 578 yards, 3rd with 5 touchdowns), who sent an LOI to the Idaho coaching staff. We are investigating the signing and will report later.

For now, our focus is on Andre Robinson and what he brings to the Vandal backfield this fall and in the years ahead.

His athletic skills aren't isolated to the football field either. Last year, at the Texas State Championships, Andre's 4x400 Relay Team took THIRD with a time of 3:12.80. They missed taking first .81 of a second in a photo finish. Andre ran the third leg for the team.

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