The Irish hope to do the same with junior linebacker prospect Curtis Robinson.
“I was talking back and forth with coach (Bob) Elliott for a while now through direct messaging and I’ve been calling him a lot for the past couple months,” said Robinson, a 6-foot-3, 205-pounder. “This morning I called him and he kind of just told me that he had great news for me and that they were ready to offer me a scholarship.”
The offer was the fifth for Robinson and it was a big one.
“I’m really excited,” he said. “Notre Dame is a huge school and it’s great to have an offer from them, especially so early in the process for me. Notre Dame has always been very high on my radar and very high on my list and it still is. It’s great to get an offer from them.”
Boston College, California, Duke and Washington also have offered.
Robinson never played with Schmidt but he’s well aware of the Mater Dei product’s contribution at Notre Dame.
“We've met and talked a few times when he visited Mater Dei,” he said.
The two might have the chance to meet again if Robinson turns his tentative plans to visit Notre Dame this spring into a reality.
“I’m hoping to get out for a visit in February,” he said. “I’ll probably go out for a spring practice.”
Robinson visited Cal in October and hopes to see Duke and Washington this off-season.
As a junior, Robinson recorded 60 tackles, five sacks and picked off a pass from his linebacker position.
He credits his size and speed for his success but he also realizes his football IQ played a role as well.
“I use my intelligence. I’m really smart on the field and that helps me a lot,” he said. “I’m not the biggest linebacker but I can use my speed to make up for it. I’m not a small guy but compared to the prototypical linebacker I’m able to use my speed and my strength to help me out.”
Robinson isn’t in a hurry to identify favorites or to pick his college.
“It’s still real early in the process,” he said. “It’s good to keep an open mind, especially this early. There are a lot of other schools that are beginning to recruit me so I’ve got to keep an open mind for now.”
Robinson plans to attend a Nike Camp this spring and is considering several college camps as well.