Robinson Is Feeling the ND Love

SAN ANTONIO - Gerell Robinson can't turn around without seeing a Notre Dame verbal commit smiling back at him, hoping the Chandler, Ariz. product eventually pledges Irish like they all did.

"There is like 15 here I think, something like that, there's a lot of them," Gerell Robinson said with a laugh.

Actually, there would be 15 if the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Robinson does indeed decide to choose Notre Dame over Arizona State and Oregon. The Irish have 14 verbal commits playing in this Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Robinson was hoping to end the recruiting process this weekend on national television, but that likely won't happen.

"I probably won't do it," he stated. All three schools are recruiting Robinson to play receiver, but the Hamilton High standout will play safety for the West team on Saturday. "Everyone keeps asking, but I probably won't."

In the mean time, Robinson is just trying to soak up the experience this week.

"Just trying to be a better a player overall, hang out with all these guys and get a feel for all the top talent across the country, and just show out."

Born in San Antonio, Robinson and his family moved to the Phoenix area when he was 14. Since the All-American game's inception in 2001, Robinson has followed it closely.

"I used to live here so when I was a kid, I always promised myself I would play here, and I always used the trademark All-American, and sure enough it happened," Robinson explained. "This has been my dream since I was eleven so I've been able to fulfill my dream."

Robinson was caught a little off guard when they asked him to play safety upon his arrival last Sunday.

"I wasn't upset, I just wish I would've known ahead of time," he said. He lined up mainly as quarterback this past fall. "I was practicing receiver when I should've been practicing safety. It's not that bad because I played last year and got all-state, all-everything.

Robinson will rotate with Rahim Moore and Nolan Brewster at safety in the game.

"I'm doing okay," Robinson said. "Day by day I'm getting back to what I normally do. I'm breaking on the balls a lot better and my feet are coming back and I'm making plays on the ball."

And the Notre Dame commits have been trying to make a play on him.

"They have been," Robinson said. "They're all cool guys but I'm friends with most of them, so it's just humor here and there." Top Stories