Isaiah Robertson sees the recruiting process as more blessing than burden.
College coaches could start directly contacting juniors in early September. Robertson, a four-star receiver from Naperville, Ill., relished the opportunity to open up communication. Some of it even took him by surprise, like hearing from Florida State.
One of the upsides has been getting a better idea of what each program offers and how it aligns with what he wants in a future destination.
“I’m looking at the education I’ll be provided and the opportunity football will give me,” Robertson said. “And a family atmosphere, an environment that makes me feel like I’m at home. Then just a real, legitimate chance to win football games and have fun doing that.”
Notre Dame has consistently hit the mailbox and reached out via Twitter.
“I’ve heard a lot about things in South Bend,” Robertson said. “They keep inviting me to games. I don’t know why but they just land on days that I really just can’t get there. They’ve been inviting me to games, inviting me to campus, and I really, really want to get down there. It’s just been hard with my schedule.”
Robertson has received some information from associate head coach Mike Denbrock, who recruits Chicagoland. He’s also heard from Julian Love, a friend and senior cornerback at Nazareth Academy in La Grange Park, Ill.
Love has been committed to Notre Dame since the spring. He filled in Robertson on why.
“It was almost along the lines of what I’m looking for,” Robertson said. “It’s an amazing education there. You always hear about the Notre Dame education. It’s top in the country. They’re a team that’s on the rise. They’re coming back to winning games and getting into the serious talk. It’s a legitimate place to win. Coaches are nice, they’re cool. It’s like a family environment there.”
Robertson is talking with his parents about getting to Notre Dame and a few other places for visits. Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State are also on the to-do list.
“My schedule is definitely opening up,” he said. “I’m really in conversation with my dad and mom about where I can go, where I want to go. That’ll probably take another week or so.”