Robinette Talks Elite 11

MALIBU, Calif. --- North Carolina commitment Patton Robinette has been working with highly regarded coaches and quarterbacks from all over the nation at Pepperdine University this week for the prestigious Elite 11 Quarterback Camp.

Just a month ago, Robinette (6-4, 190) of Maryville (Tenn.) High School was contemplating about where he wanted to play college football. Now, he is standing among the top quarterbacks in the nation learning everything he can before he heads back to home to play his final season high school football.

"It has been a lot of fun," Robinette said of the camp. "It is a great opportunity to come out here with the best in the nation and compete. You can prove yourself here and work to get better, which is what I have been trying to do. So, it has been a great experience so far."

Aside from the coaching he has been getting at the Elite 11, the future Tar Heel quarterback said he has been talking with the coaches at UNC.

"Coach Shoop, the offensive coordinator ... I talk to a lot," Robinette said. "They make me feel welcome, and they are trying to integrate me in already. So, I have a great relationship with them. We talk about everything. Coach Shoop is a big education guy, so we talk about how school is going, books, and different things, a lot of football though too."

Growing up singing "Rocky Top," Robinette said he had to look past being a college football fan and find a school that was the best fit for him as a player.

"I think everybody wants to go to Tennessee if they grew up around the big orange, but at the end of the day, North Carolina just felt a lot better for me," he said. "I took visits to Northwestern, Vandy, Georgia, Clemson, and places like that. North Carolina just really stood out. Every school has great things going for them, but as soon as I walked onto North Carolina's campus, it just felt like it was the place for me."

Robinette seems fairly relieved that the recruiting process has come to a halt and that he can focus on other things.

"I am definitely excited that it is over," he said. "Recruiting is fun, but it is stressful. I am glad to have it over with so I can focus on my high school season."

Next week, Robinette's high school team will get back together. He said he will not be attending any more camps. Instead, he said he is just going to practice and work out in Maryville with his teammates for the rest of the summer. The Elite 11 will be Robinette's last camp as high schooler.

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