Nearly three months after a concussion knocked Corey Robinson out of spring practice, the senior receiver is ready to reveal his plans for fall.
During Football 101 on Tuesday night, a fundraiser for breast cancer research staged inside the Guglielmino Center, head coach Brian Kelly said Robinson would announce a decision on playing out his Irish career or cutting it a season short tomorrow.
Kelly and Robinson met in person last week and talked again today.
“We’ll have an announcement tomorrow. We’re gonna probably craft it together,” Kelly said. “His quotes will be part of the statement. It won’t just be one-sided, a Notre Dame statement. I’m sure he’ll be in there too.”
Robinson has struggled with injuries for most of the past year, missing a game with a knee injury and playing through an ankle sprain on top of concussions. It all added up to a disappointing junior season of 16 catches for 200 yards and just one touchdown.
However, that was counterbalanced by his election as student body president – it’s believed he would be the first Notre Dame football player to serve in that role – and study abroad programs to South Africa and Jerusalem. Robinson was also in contention for both the Rhodes scholarship and Fulbright scholarship. If he’d won either it could have meant walking away from football to study abroad this fall.
Robinson did not participate in Notre Dame’s team building exercise called “The Program” last week.
“We’ve let him take the weekend and take some time to get away from it,” Kelly said.
Kelly initially said he expected a decision from Robinson soon after the Blue-Gold Game after the receiver met with specialists following the spring practice concussion. However, a source told Irish Illustrated that Robinson still felt the aftereffects of that concussion beyond spring practice.
Kelly said he’s talked with father David Robinson about his son’s future.
“We provided him information,” Kelly said. “His dad has been very, very involved in the process. Then it becomes an individual decision. It’s much like a draft decision. We’re gonna give you some of our insight and information and then provide you with as much resources and then go ahead and make the best decision for you.”