"I'm wearing a Notre Dame shirt as we speak," Robinson said Saturday.
That's not because blue and gold are his favorite colors, or because he is short on clothes in the regular rotation. Gerell Robinson, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound receiver out of Chandler, Ariz., who earned a spot on the first team at the U.S. Army National Combine in January, is very interested in Notre Dame. He just isn't sure how interested the Irish coaches are in him.
"I haven't talked to anyone in a couple weeks," Robinson said. A soft verbal to Arizona, he also holds scholarship offers from Oregon State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, Arizona State and Colorado. "I was talking and texting with coach (Rob) Ianello. He was nice and cool. We talked about how the team looks, and I asked a question about (Jimmy) Clausen, and he said a lot of kind words about him.
"Maybe they're busy, I don't know, but I'm not going to bother them. Or maybe they went in another direction."
On top of the schools that have already offered Robinson a scholarship, Florida, LSU and UCLA have been in heavy contact.
"They have been persistent," Robinson said.
At Hamilton High last season, Robinson played quarterback and in the secondary, making 72 tackles and intercepting 10 passes, helping the team to a 13-1 record and 5-A state championship. He has been offered to play quarterback, safety or receiver on the next level. Most teams are looking at him and his 4.5 40-yard dash speed as the latter.Hamilton's head coach is former Notre Dame quarterback Steve Belles. He was born in Gary, Ind., and would like to see the campus. An ex-girlfriend picked him up the Notre Dame long-sleeve t-shirt he owns when she came up to South Bend with her church group.
"I like the tradition they have, the strong academics and the strong football program to go with it," Robinson said. "If they got back in contact, I'd definitely look into it."
Robinson is still on Notre Dame's regular mailing list.