Every recruiting class needs its ringleader. And usually for the most successful classes, one of the top guys is going to be the quarterback.
That’s certainly the case for Oklahoma and its SoonerSquad17. Mesquite (Texas) Horn quarterback Chris Robison is not afraid to be the face of the class. He embraces it.
Robison, ranked No. 155 in the Scout 300, has seen his ranking go down a bit since one time being ranked in the top 100. His performance Sunday at The Opening regional in the Dallas area, though, could get him back to that spot.
“I was pretty happy,” Robison said. “I could have done a little bit better. It was a good day. Got a lot of coaching and a great chance to compete with some really good guys.”
Robison was named regional quarterback MVP and put his best foot forward toward earning an invite to the Elite 11 finals in the summer. Robison looked crisp throughout the competition, showing his arm, accuracy and leadership.
It’s those type of traits that have OU fans so excited about Robison coming to Norman next year. Committed to OU since June, Robison didn’t make it a point to attend every OU home game. It just worked out that way because he said he loves football and loves OU.
The love of OU sort of came from nowhere as Robison said he had no idea he would commit to the Sooners yet along commit to OU so early in the recruiting process. A lot of credit has to be given to offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley.
“Our relationship is great,” Robison said. “It has always been great. We talk on the phone all the time we can. I didn’t even think about going to OU, but when I went down there and took the visit, things changed.”
Robison said it’s crucial for OU to continue to build on the terrific start to the class. SoonerSquad 17 is currently ranked No. 2 in the Scout rankings. There is a group message among the commits, and Robison said there’s likely to be more.
“It’s pretty important (to start well) because I know some more people that are coming, but y’all just don’t know yet,” Robison said. “It’s going to be big.”
Firmly committed for six months, Robison’s pledge came to a test on Christmas Eve. It was on that day when OU announced former five-star quarterback Kyler Murray would be transferring from Texas A&M to OU.
Murray is ineligible to play for the Sooners in 2016, but he’ll be ready to roll in 2017 as a redshirt sophomore with three years of eligibility remaining.
Nobody would have blamed or batted an eye if Robison started to look elsewhere. He never did, and it looks like it will stay that way.
“Not at all,” said Robison about Murray’s transferring giving him second thoughts. “I’m a competitor. There’s no point in me backing down. They say he’s good, but I can go down there and do what I need to do, too.”
Robison said he plans on returning to Norman for spring practices and said he will definitely be back for the spring game April 9.