Robinson looking forward to Notre Dame visit
Curtis Robinson didn’t wait to schedule a Notre Dame visit after the Irish offered this winter.
Robinson, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound four-star outside linebacker from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., evaluated his spring schedule and quickly selected March 19 as the date he’d get his first look at the school.
“That really was the decision that came right after they offered,” Robinson said. “I decided then that I wanted to visit and it just so happened that date was the one that was most clear on my calendar. It’s going to be a long weekend.”
Robinson and his mother will arrive in South Bend on March 18 with the intention of spending most of the next day on campus. They’ll return to California a day later.
“The coaches said they’re really excited to get me out there and that they have a lot to offer. I believe them 100-percent and I’m excited to get out there,” Robinson said. “I’m not sure what they have planned yet. I just want to get out there and see it because it’s going to be my first time being out there. I just kind of want to get a feel for the place and see the school for myself and the facilities. Hopefully I’ll see a workout if they’re doing one and then we’ll see how things go.”
The visit will take place two days before Notre Dame’s official junior day event.
“I kind of wanted to get in before a lot of people got in,” Robinson said. “I wanted to be able to have a personal experience with all the coaches and get to know them one-on-one.”
Robinson’s next trip is scheduled for April 3 when he visits Stanford.
The Cardinal have amped up their recruiting efforts and find themselves in Robinson’s early short list of favorites. While the list isn’t final, it does represent a few of the schools that have shown the most interest.
“I’m trying to keep the process as open I can,” he said. “Coming from schools that are recruiting me the hardest it would be UCLA, Notre Dame, Ohio State and then Stanford is starting to make a push right now. They haven’t offered yet but I’m getting into more and more contact with them as of late.”
Don’t look for Robinson to end the process anytime soon. He plans to take several official visits, which likely means he won’t announce his college choice until next winter.
Last weekend Robinson attempted to earn an invitation to The Opening, Nike’s elite football camp held each summer.
He didn’t earn an invitation at the Los Angeles regional camp but he hopes his performance kept him in the running for an at-large position.
“I had a good time,” he said. “I ended up in the top five in my position group, which was good. Unfortunately I didn’t get an invitation to the finals but hopefully I can get a late invite.”
Robinson was among the best at the linebacker position.
“I really got a feel for where I ranked up athleticism-wise,” he said. “I felt like I could match up with any of those guys athletically. It was just different. We’re all different players. There were a couple guys like Darrian Franklin and Lokeni Toailoa, middle linebackers but still really athletic, and then there were guys out there like Bryce Youngquist, Krys Barnes, Mique Juarez, who were just like me, Outside and athletic. We kind of play the same style so it was good to kind of compare to them.”
Scout.com ranks Robinson as the 14th best linebacker in the nation.