Over the weekend Notre Dame found out that running back Sam McGuffie canceled his plans to visit Notre Dame during their football camp and another blow was delivered to recruiting when the Irish coaches found out that athlete Gerell Robinson (6-foot-3.5, 212 pounds) will not visit South Bend as he originally planned.
"I just found out that we weren't able to get our plane tickets, so I'm not going to be able to get there this weekend," Robinson responded when asked about his intentions to participate in Notre Dame's summer football camp. "I really wanted to go, but it just isn't going to work out."
Robinson was hoping to make his way to Notre Dame in order to earn an offer with his performance at the camp. Knowing an Irish offer wasn't in the making without a camp visit, Robinson closed his recruitment.
"I did confirm my commitment with Arizona [Monday] and closed up my recruiting," Robinson said. "I wasn't able to get up to Notre Dame, so I closed everything up altogether. Notre Dame was pretty much the only other place that I was really considering.
"I called coach Ianello and we talked about it. He understood. It was a short conversation. He was headed out of town and I just wanted to get in touch with him and let him know. He just thanked me and wished me luck."
Arizona now has a solid commitment from one of the nations top athletes. The Wildcats recruited Robinson to play quarterback, but Gerell will likely start out at wide receiver.
"Arizona recruited me as a quarterback," Robinson explained. "Their starter is a junior next year, so I might play wide receiver my first year and then go back to quarterback. If I can get some snaps and contribute, and learn the offense that would be ideal. I'm excited about the opportunity and it seems like a good fit for me."
Robinson and his Hamilton teammates traveled to San Diego to compete in a large seven-on-seven tournament last weekend. Although his team didn't win, they did show why Hamilton will be considered one of the top high school teams in the country this fall.
"We did pretty good, but we lost in the semifinals," Robinson explained. "We never really lose, so it was kind of a shocker. It was our first loss of the summer. There were 44 teams, so overall we did pretty good."