House Call

Gerell Robinson and his family are expecting some important house guests over the next week.

And as of now, they're only coming from Notre Dame.

Head coach Charlie Weis and assistant coach Jappy Oliver will be at Gerell Robinson's home in Chandler, Ariz., this Thursday. The following Tuesday, receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Rob Ianello will be dropping in on the four-star receiver, continuing the Irish's full-court press on the coveted prospect.

If the Notre Dame coaches can get Robinson to verbally commit, it will solidify the nation's top-ranked recruiting class.

"My first in-home visit," Robinson said. He took an official visit without his parents to Notre Dame for the Duke game on Nov. 17. "They just want my parents to get a feel for the coaching staff. My Dad has some questions he wants ask coach Weis one-on-one. There is a few questions he has unanswered that he wants to ask about."

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Robinson has narrowed down over 20 scholarship offers to six schools. He is considering Notre Dame, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Tennessee and Georgia Tech. He told Irish Eyes in a recent story he'd like to make his decision sometime in December or early January.

A verbal commitment could come at the U.S. Army All-American game, Jan. 5.

"I thought about it," Robinson said. "A lot of people want to see me do that. It's a tough call. If I don't do it before the game, I'll do it at the game."

Robinson and his top-ranked Hamilton High (12-0) teammates have a big game this weekend in the Class 5-A Division-I state semifinals. A win over Phoenix Brophy Prep, and Hamilton will advance to the state championship game for the sixth time in seven years. They won it all last season, and four of the past five years.

"Two years ago they beat us in the state championship on a 99-yard drive in the game's final minute," said Robinson, who has played mainly quarterback this fall. "We played them earlier this year and beat them 31-15, but in the playoffs you can't take anyone for granted."

With Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey getting fired on Monday, Robinson has to reevaluate that situation. Assistant coach Curtis Modkins is planning to come out and visit sometime soon.

"I'd have to look into it a little more," Robinson said. "I have to see the reason why he got fired, and see who is replacing him."

Robinson is in outstanding touch with people regarding Notre Dame. He spoke with Oliver and Ianello on the phone yesterday, and with Weis a couple days ago. He also talks with freshman quarterback Jimmy Clausen, and current verbal commits Dayne Crist, Jonas Gray and Kyle Rudolph.

***Notre Dame assistant coaches Bill Lewis and John Latina made an in-home visit to Kenneth Page's house in Columbia, S.C. on Monday.

"It was a good trip," the 6-foot-4, 290-pound four-star offensive guard said through a text message.

Page, who will play in the ESPN All-American Game on Jan. 5, recently trimmed his list to six schools. He is considering Notre Dame, Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and North Carolina.

Before making a decision, Page told Irish Eyes last week he wants to take all his official visits. He has been to Notre Dame (for the USC game), Tennessee and South Carolina. He has a visit set up for Clemson the weekend of Jan. 12, and is still deciding between the Tar Heels and Yellow Jackets for his final trip.

Unlike Robinson, Page's decision could go all the way until signing day. Top Stories