It matters now.
Six days after bantering with a few of the committed players at the Notre Dame football banquet about what number they're going to wear in an Irish uniform, Trevor Robinson became one of them, telling head coach Charlie Weis "I'm in" at his Elkhorn, Neb. Home, last Thursday night.
Robinson became the 22nd player to verbally commit to Notre Dame, joining a class that is currently ranked No. 1 by Scout.com.
The four-star Robinson, who committed to Nebraska back in April, but reopened his recruitment in the summer, has been in South Bend so many times, he has kind of lost track. The weekend of the banquet was an official visit, and getting a chance to meet 12 guys signing the same letter-of-intent as him kind of sealed the deal.
"A lot of it was just meeting the recruits in my class," Robinson said. He chose Notre Dame over Nebraska and Michigan. "I met a few of them, but that was when I got to meet who I'm going to be with the next four or five years. And I got to meet the guy (Sean Cywnar) I'm going to be rooming with, and I got along with him real well."
Robinson and Cywnar are both early enrollees, and will report to Notre Dame at the start of the spring semester in January.
"I feel like I'm ready for something new," Robinson said. He'll be joining a lot of his future classmates at the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio, the week leading up to Jan. 5. "High school was fun, but it's getting kind of old. It's something new, and getting a jump on the playbook is good. I'm just ready to move out."
Robinson thought about committing to Notre Dame while on campus, but he and his father thought it would be wise to go home and sleep on it. Nothing changed, so Robinson decided he was going to tell Weis in person when he was in town.
Weis came in with assistant coach Rob Ianello, and they both went by the school in the morning. Robinson held off on telling those two of his decision until they were at his house in the evening.
"For me, my biggest regret the first time I committed is I did it without my family," Robinson said. "So I thought it would be a better idea to do it with my family there.
"It was relieving and kind of exciting. Really the first thing that came to my mind was calling the other coaches, because for me, that was the hardest part of the process."
After the commitment, Robinson, the Irish coaches, and his family went over the schedule for the spring semester, talked a little football, but mostly just socialized.
Robinson was recruited to play guard at Notre Dame, and said he hasn't heard anything about tackle.
"I really have no preferences," Robinson said.
He does have a number preference however, and his argument now holds much more water.
"Hopefully I can get 78 because (John) Sullivan is leaving," Robinson said. "That was my high school number, and that's what my Dad wore in college."
Golic and Cave can't argue with that.