Cwynar and Robinson will go at each other head-to-head frequently in today's U.S. Army All-American game inside the Alamo Dome. Cwynar, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound defensive tackle is one of 10 Irish verbal commits suiting up for the East team. Robinson, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive guard is one of four players that have also already pledged Notre Dame on the West team.
"It's going to be fun," Cwynar said. "We're going to be battling in there and I'm sure we'll have bragging rights for the dorm room and everything."
"I'm going to try," Robinson stated when asked about putting Cwynar and Brandon Newman on their backs in the game.
Joining Cwynar and Newman on the East team as future Domers are receiver John Goodman, defensive back Robert Blanton, defensive end Darius Fleming, offensive tackle Lane Clelland, center Michael Golic Jr., tight end Kyle Rudolph, running back Jonas Gray and linebacker Steve Filer.
Quarterback Dayne Crist, receiver Michael Floyd and linebacker Anthony McDonald join Robinson on the West team. Irish recruit Gerell Robinson will also suit up for the West. Notre Dame is recruiting him as a receiver, but he will play safety in the game, and will announce between the Irish and Arizona State at some point.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. (EST).
"We're all hanging out together and we're eating dinner together, and we're just sticking together as a group, and I think it's just going to help us that much more because we're not going to have to go through those early bonding stages getting to know each other," Cwynar explained.
Newman is starting at defensive tackle next to Marcus Forston. Cwynar is listed as No. 2 on the depth chart behind Newman.
Cwynar went through a slight adjustment period early in the week, but has played consistent since.
"You get out there, and everybody's good out there, and there's a lot of good players," Cwynar said. "It takes a little bit of time to adjust, but I think I've adjusted well and I'm playing really well now and I'm really happy with the last couple days of practice.
"Just the size and the speed of the game, everyone's faster and everyone's bigger. There is more powerful blocks and you have to fight harder to get off blocks, and you just have to try."
Cwynar is just using practice and the actual game to get him ready for his first spring football coming up in March.
On Jan. 13, Cwynar will see Robinson again, as the two have orientation in South Bend.
"I don't think it's weird, I think it's more exciting," Cwynar said about being a college man.
"Me and Trevor are very excited. We're very excited to be rooming together and everything. It's like a couple days until we're together. We're really counting down the days and it should be a lot of fun."
***Gray returned to practice on Thursday afternoon. An ankle injury at the end of Monday's morning session had kept him out a few days. The 5-foot-10, 215-pound Detroit product is listed third on the depth chart behind Ryan Williams and Lamaar Thomas, but the three will likely get the same amount of carries.
***Rudolph, Golic, Clelland, Newman, and Blanton are all listed as starters for the East. Blanton will start at free safety, but will also play cornerback in the game.
Crist got the starting nod at quarterback for the West, and Floyd is one of the starting receivers.
***The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Filer not only had to adjust to the speed of the game this week, but also to a new 4-3 defense. His Mount Carmel high school team ran a 3-4 defense, the same scheme Filer will be in at Notre Dame.
Filer has rotated in at all three linebacker spots, and also got some time at defensive end Thursday morning in practice.
"Mike is actually the easiest out of the three of them," Filer said. "SAM and WILL are pretty much harder, you have to go out in a lot more coverage. But I don't think the coach knows where to put me because we don't play that in my school. So I've just been rotating in at all three because I basically play all three at my school anyway.
"I've been doing pretty well. People didn't rank me as high as I wanted them to so I'm not in the first group, in the five-star group. But I've been doing pretty well. I just came down here with the mindset that I have to prove myself to everybody in the country. And the game, I'll just come with the mindset and let everybody know what the Midwest is all about and how good of players we have up there."
Speaking of good players, Filer has been impressed by what he's seen of Gray and his other future Notre Dame teammates.
"Jonas is a real good player," Filer stated. "He is real strong, good runner up the middle, just a good player period."
The nation will get to see for themselves regarding all the Notre Dame recruits this afternoon.