2017 QB Shawn Robinson (© Greg Powers/SCOUT)

Breaking Down TCU Early Enrollee QB Shawn Robinson

Scout and HornedFrogInsider.com take a closer look at TCU signee and early enrollee Shawn Robinson, the top 2017 quarterback in Texas.


Signing Day Spotlight

Shawn Robinson, QB, DeSoto (Texas)

Size: 6-2, 205

Recruiting: Robinson has been a longtime TCU commit as he pledged way back in late June 2015 to the Horned Frogs. Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Stanford, Texas, USC, and several others also offered Robinson.

Rankings: Scout ranks Robinson as the Lone Star State's No. 1 quarterback in the 2017 class and the No. 6 QB nationally. He's No. 116 overall in the 2017 Scout 300.


HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: The son of coaches, Robinson played at three different programs in his high school career, but excelled at every stop. In four seasons, he amassed 13,969 total yards of offense and 8,812 yards, 83 touchdowns, and 29 interceptions, along with 5,157 yards and 60 TD's on the ground.

2016: After moving in the offseason to Texas Class 6A powerhouse DeSoto, Robinson led the Eagles to a 16-0 record and their first state championship. He accounted for 4,855 total yards of offense and 47 total touchdowns. Robinson threw for 3,416 yards, 28 TD's, and nine INT's, while rushing for 1,439 yards and 19 TD's on more than eight yards per carry.

2015: As a junior, Robinson accounted for 3,152 total yards of offense and 29 touchdowns. Robinson threw for 1,474 yards, 11 touchdowns, and eight interceptions, while rushing for 1,678 yards and 18 scores on 9.1 yards per carry as he led Guyer to a 10-4 record and state quarterfinal appearance in Texas' second-largest of 10 playoff divisions (6A D-II).

2014: Taking over the reins at perennial Texas power Denton Guyer, Robinson thrived, amassing 4,215 total yards of offense and 50 total touchdowns. He threw for 2,799 yards, 33 touchdowns, and five interceptions, along with 1,416 yards and 17 rushing scores on 10.3 yards per carry. He led Guyer to a 10-2 record and Class 6A Division II second-round playoff appearance.

2013: As a freshman, Robinson threw for 1,123 yards, 11 touchdowns, and seven interceptions, while rushing for 624 yards and six scores for Saginaw (Texas) Chisholm Trail. Robinson moved from Saginaw Chisholm Trail to two-time defending state champion Denton (Texas) Guyer in April 2014 when his mother was hired as Guyer's girls basketball coach.

Senior highlights

State championship clips

State quarterfinal clips

Evaluation notes

Shawn Robinson has all of the tools that you are looking for in a young quarterback prospect, but is an extremely gifted runner. Physically and mentally he is prepared for the next level.

Robinson has the true ability to beat you with his arm or his legs on any snap. He works well outside the pocket extending plays and will find receivers before just taking off when things break down, but when he does run he is always a threat to score. Robinson has a huge arm and great short-to-intermediate velocity. He's a game-breaker as a runner and can sense pressure even if he can't see it.

Robinson sometimes takes too many chances. He could be safer with the ball. He can also improve his release mechanics and vary the velocity with which he throws.

That said, Robinson has rare physical tools for the quarterback position and has a very high ceiling at the Power Five conference level as a difference-making playmaker. - Greg Powers and Gabe Brooks

  • Field vision
  • Running ability/mobility
  • Speed
  • Playmaking ability
  • Arm strength/velocity
  • Pocket awareness

Areas to Improve
  • Ball-handling
  • Release
  • Touch

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