Early Visitors

Gerell Robinson wishes college coaches stopped by the house in the morning more often. On Thursday morning, the four-star receiver from Chandler, Ariz., didn't have to report to class until 9:30, because Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis and assistant coach Jappy Oliver came by to see him.

"That would probably be a good thing," Gerell Robinson said of more coaches coming over before the sun comes up.

Though Robinson was happy he didn't have to be in first hour, he still had to be at school for a film session at 6:45. He and his Hamilton High (12-0) teammates are preparing for their Class 5-A, Division-I state semifinal game against Phoenix Brophy. When Robinson got home at 7:30, Weis and Oliver were already there waiting for him.

Robinson's parent also got to report to work a little late.

"They were here for about two hours, and they went by my school, and that was the last I saw of them," Robinson said.

The major point of the visit was so Robinson's parents could get a better feel for Weis and the direction he is taking the Irish football program. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Robinson is already comfortable, saying recently the Irish are in "good position," after he saw the campus and met with the coaching staff on his official visit to South Bend the weekend of the Duke game.

Robinson's father had some questions for Weis.

"He asked a few of them but from there on, (Weis) answered all questions without him even asking him," Robinson said. "He wanted to just know about the program, the progress of the program, the rebuilding process, and about him in general and what not.

"I don't remember exactly what coach Weis said, but I know it was good enough to satisfy him."

Robinson still doesn't know when he's going to make a decision, though one won't come later than Jan. 5 at the U.S. Army All-American bowl. His finalists are the Irish, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Georgia and Tennessee.

Weis and Oliver aren't the only coaches dropping by.

The Robinsons will open up their home to Tennessee assistant coach Greg Adkins from Tennessee on Monday. Notre Dame assistant Rob Ianello will be by on Tuesday.

Hopefully in the morning.

After meeting with his folks, Weis and Oliver followed Robinson to school.

"Once I got there, I shook (Weis's) hand because I had to go class, and he went and talked to my head coach,"

Robinson's head coach is former Notre Dame quarterback Steve Belles.


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