The first Notre Dame recruiting pitch Charles Robinson got came from an Irish commitment. On Sunday that jumped a notch when head coach Brian Kelly connected with the 6-foot-3, 210-pound athlete from Aurora, Ill., during a stop in South Bend.
Robinson learned why his 7-on-7 teammate Micah Jones committed to the Irish in February.
“Micah talks about them all the time,” Robinson said. “They started showing interest a couple weeks ago they just told me their practices and I chose the best time for me. I had a great time there. Really liked it and I spent a lot of time with coach Kelly.
“They told me I could be a very good H-back and use my athleticism to make plays.”
As a junior at Waubonsie Valley High School, Robinson racked up 35 receptions for 671 yards and eight touchdowns. That included a school-record single-game performance of six catches for 214 yards and four scores.
Despite that production, it appears colleges are split on where Robinson fits best at the next level. The Irish see an H-back prospect that could grow into a detached tight end. Other programs see a more traditional wide out. Some even see an outside linebacker.
Notre Dame didn’t offer during the visit and it appears the Irish won’t rush their evaluation. Robinson said Notre Dame’s staff encouraged him to attend Irish Invasion this summer. The three-star prospect said that’s under consideration, although the flow of his recruitment might change his perspective.
Robinson holds offers from Iowa State, Mississippi State, New Mexico, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Wyoming. He said he believes Illinois and Minnesota could be next in line with scholarships.
A Notre Dame offer would shake up Robinson’s recruitment, but he said it wouldn’t automatically end it.
“They'll definitely be in my top 5,” Robinson said. “I liked the high intensity scrimmage. I also like the facility. (They) put a lot of money into the program. They told me I could be a very good H-back and use my athleticism to make plays.”
While numbers figure to be tight in Notre Dame’s next class – the Irish have 12 verbal commitments and sit at No. 3 in the Scout.com Team Rankings – the program has made a habit of hitting Chicagoland. Beyond Jones as a verbal commitment, the Irish have safety Isaiah Robertson (Neuqua Valley) in the freshman class as an early enrollee with sophomore cornerback Julian Love (La Grange Park), junior Miles Boykin (New Lennox) and Micah Dew-Treadway (Bolingbrook) also on the roster.
That’s enough to cast Robinson as a potential next target.
But it appears he’ll have to wait until summer to measure the depth of Notre Dame’s interest. And it will probably take a strong workout at Irish Invasion to get there.