Robinson Is Getting A Taste Of College Life

SAN ANTONIO - Trevor Robinson wasn't 100 percent sure about being an early enrollee to college until three weeks ago. After a whirlwind of events, the 6-foot-5, 300-pound Elkhorn, Neb. product is trying to enjoy his last few high school experiences before reporting to Notre Dame in January.

After eventually deciding being an early enrollee was for him, Trevor Robinson finally ended his recruiting process, verbally committing to Irish head coach Charlie Weis a couple weeks ago. Then he quickly had to get his classes scheduled and take care of the little things regarding college.

This week's U.S. Army All-American game is one of the few remaining things on Robinson's prep calendar. He has the game on Saturday afternoon at the Alamo Dome, final exams next week, and reports to Notre Dame on the 13th to move in and for orientation. Other than that, he'll return home for prom and commencement.

"I think it's going pretty well," Robinson said after Thursday's practice. He looks to be the starter for the West team at right guard. "I'm starting to kind of get back into it playing live football with pads on, since it's been a little while now. But it seems like everybody is starting to get adjusted and I think we'll do real well on Saturday."

Since knocking some of the rust off, Robinson has settled in at practice at his new position, racking up pancakes and making a case to be considered as the most consistent interior offensive lineman on the West team. During the fall, Robinson played right tackle.

"I like the right guard position," Robinson stated. "There is a difference from the tackle, but a lot of the principles are the same. I think I like it more than I like the tackle spot."

Guard is where Robinson will play when he gets to South Bend, and is getting a little dose of what to expect.

"I'll be enrolling at Notre Dame in a couple weeks so this is obviously probably the best thing that can prepare me for that, so I'd like to have a strong showing," he said of the game.

Robinson is definitely being challenged in practice.

"It is different," he stated. "Obviously coming down here, simple blocks in high school become harder when the guy is your size and as strong as you and as fast as you. I think the biggest speed difference is in the linebacking core. When you're trying to get out there, it changes all your angles and everything you're doing because they are so much faster.

"I have definitely missed a few (blocks). The biggest adjustment I think is getting out there on those linebackers because they're shifty and they're faster and they can get to the edge pretty (darn) quick."

Robinson has been impressed with future teammate, quarterback Dayne Crist.

"I expected him to be good and he definitely didn't let me down," Robinson said. "He's a smart player, he's always got his head in the game and he's definitely a leader more than anything."

One of 14 verbally committed Notre Dame players in San Antonio, Robinson is having a great time hanging out with the Irish crew.

"Everywhere you go there is Notre Dame guys, and I think there are a couple more guys interested in Notre Dame after being down here," Robinson explained. "It's fun."

What will be fun, is when he lines up across from Brandon Newman, and future roommate Sean Cywnar, who will also be enrolling early later this month, in Saturday's game.

"We haven't really talked about it too much between the three of us, but they're team is very strong at the defensive tackle position," Robinson said. "Really their whole front eight, especially their linebackers is so strong. That will be a challenge."

So will figuring out what put in his dorm room. Robinson and Cwynar aren't too sure how much room they have, so they haven't figured out what to bring with them. Just another thing that needs to be done before officially becoming a college man.

"From the time now until the time in a couple weeks when I'll actually be there is a little bit of a shock," Robinson said.


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