Isaiah Robertson isn’t just working quietly to improve this summer.
Sure, there’s the usual regimen of offseason work. Robertson, a four-star athlete from Naperville, Ill., wants to get faster and improve his technique. He also wants to carry on his winning ways. Robertson is fresh off a 7-on-7 championship.
He’s been part of the BOOM football program, a Chicagoland-based club, for the last few years. They spent last weekend at the IMG 7-on-7 National Championship, coming out victorious.
“It was definitely just like it’s always been,” Robertson said. “Lots of fast team, strong teams. There’s a lot of extremely athletic teams down there. Then you put in the referees, it makes things really difficult. But we wanted to play so good none of that mattered. We showed out and got what we came down there for.”
BOOM captured its first title in a third straight trip to national championships. They did so by beating Georgia-based Cam Newton All-Stars by a 20-10 score in the final.
Cam Newton featured four-star Georgia safety commitment Richard LeCounte, four-star Miami athlete commitment DeeJay Dallas and four-star receiver Jeremiah Holloman, among others. BOOM might’ve been considered an underdog, especially since Cam Newton made it to the championship game last year as well.
No matter, as BOOM went on to win anyway. That probably came as a surprise to some.
“Going out of state, we get looked at like, ‘Ya’ll from Chicago? There’s no football players in Chicago. There’s no football players in Chicago that can come down here and compete with us,’” Robertson said. “We always get that. We’re never getting any type of respect. It was like that all weekend.”
Robertson embarked on that championship run fresh off another Notre Dame visit. He was one of multiple commitments and several prospects on campus for Irish Invasion.
During the visit, Robertson reconnected with fellow commitments like Cole Kmet, Avery Davis and Pete Werner. He met defensive end Jonathon MacCollister and wide receiver Jordan Pouncey as they joined the committed ranks as well.
“We have a group chat,” Robertson said. “We talk all the time. But you don’t really start really getting close until you get to meet these dudes. I got to meet Big Bird (MacCollister) and Avery when I was down there, plus Cole and Petey. You make a stronger connection when you get to see them and talk to them in person.”
Robertson didn't work out during camp itself but did reconnect with the coaching staff. Associate head coach Mike Denbrock serves as area recruiter while Todd Lyght is potential position coach in the defensive backfield.
Safety is currently the position at which the Irish like Robertson, although he plays wide receiver as well in high school. Both are getting his attention this summer.
“I’m always working extra at free safety,” Robertson said. “Especially with all the guys that are safeties coming into Notre Dame, I’m always trying to get an edge. I’m working hard on that. But I’m also working on receiver too. You never know when that’s gonna need to come back handy. I’m just working on both sides all the time to keep my game on point.”
Robertson will spend the rest of his summer in both team and club 7-on-7 while plotting another return trip to Notre Dame. He’ll likely be back for multiple games in the fall.
“Going back to Notre Dame, every time it gets better,” Robertson said. “Really getting to talk to more of the coaching, making new friends … Really just making new relationships and stuff like that, trying to recruit some guys. It’s fun getting down there. I can’t wait to get back up there.”