Irish To Enter Robinson Race

One inescapable truth in football recruiting today is that Stanford and Notre Dame are going to butt heads on an annual basis for top national recruits. It appeared to hit a new high last year, but this year many battles are again brewing. The newest Cardinal-Irish collision may come in the Gopher State, where two-way recruit Brandon Robinson is feeling the heat...

The recruiting news has been slow to come for Minnesota superstar Brandon Robinson, who is ranked the #1 overall player in the Land of 10,000 Lakes by TheInsiders this year.  That is largely because his senior season is stretching so long, and his academic information is not yet all available for an admissions response at Stanford.  His application was read late in the summer but required another quarter of academic performance at the Breck School plus an ACT retake.  That board score is still pending, which leaves his status as a Cardinal recruit a bit in limbo.  One program in the Midwest appears intent on seizing the opportunity to get their hooks in the cornerback/wide receiver recruit.

"I think Notre Dame is going to offer within the week," Robinson reveals.  "My coach sent them tape on me, and the Notre Dame coaches said they want to offer me as soon as they get the tape."

The Irish coaching staff has also invited Robinson to take an official visit to the South Bend campus in December, though he has not yet accepted that invitation.  Not one to put the cart before the horse, the savvy recruit is sitting tight while the Notre Dame coaching staff reviews his senior film to see if they make good on their promise to offer.

Without that offer, he could conceivably make a commitment soon between his two favorites: Stanford and Boston College.  The Golden Eagles rolled out the red carpet a couple weeks ago and left a favorable impression on the highly acclaimed two-way recruit.  Though Robinson is not scheduled to take his official visit to Palo Alto until December 5, he is equipped to possibly decide between the two schools now given the unofficial visit he took to Stanford in late June for their overnight football camp.  The famed ACT score needs to hit first, though, as well as the Stanford admissions decision likely to follow immediately thereafter.

Robinson is enjoying the recruiting ride in the meantime, though, and is having a sensational senior season at Breck to boot.  The Mustangs are 12-0 and the #1 team in the state.  Their next game will bring them to the speedy astroturf of the Metrodome Saturday for the semifinal game of the state playoffs.  Robinson and his teammates have been crushing opponents with alarming regularity this year, and his accomplishments in all three phases of the game have contributed.

The six-foot athlete has caught 68 passes for 1,337 yards and 22 scores at wide receiver.  Scoring every three times he touches the ball and picking up 20-yard chunks of field at every turn, he is defining the "big play" receiver.  In addition to those offensive touchdowns, Robinson has tacked on 61 points in his placekicking special teams duties.  On defense, the lock-down cornerback did not allow a single pass completed on him through his first 11 games; the first completion came last weekend in the state quarterfinals.

"They were a run team and they fired one deep," Robinson explains.  "I got caught in no-man's land, and the kid caught it.  But I ran him down and hit the ball in to the back of the endzone, and we got the touchback."

The Minnesota standout also picked off a pair of passes in the game to go with that forced fumble.  He put a touchdown and field goal on the board, for good measure.

Robinson has four interceptions now on the year, to go with four forced fumbles.  Just the one pass has been completed against him, while he has registered six to seven tackles per game.


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