Coach Spotlight: Patton Robinette

Patton Robinette just came off an outstanding junior season at quarterback for Maryville High School leading the Rebels to a Tennessee 6A state championship. Although the Rebel program has 12 state championships to their credit, this was their first at the 6A level. Robinette will certainly be viewed as one of the top seniors in the state of Tennessee next season.

"This was just his first year as a starter," said Maryville head coach George Quarles. "He did play a little wide receiver and defensive back for us as a sophomore, but this was his first year playing full-time. He did a remarkable job."

Robinette was 104-of-152 passing at a rate of 68.4-percent in 2010 for 1,804 yards and 21 touchdowns with only one interception. He can also beat you with his legs rushing for 971 yards and 11 touchdowns. Robinette was named 1st team All-State by Murphy Fair, part of the Tennessee Sportswriters Association's "Dream Team", and 1st team Prep Extra by the Knoxville News Sentinel. The National Collegiate Scouting Association has already named him part of Tennessee's Top 25 for 2012.

"Patton has good size (6-4.5, 200), throws a very catchable ball," said Quarles. "Mentally he's into it. He's got a good understanding on the game, has a lot of football smarts and savvy, and is a winner."

Grades won't be an issue for Robinette. He made a perfect score of 36 on the ACT as a sophomore. Colleges are already waiting in line for film on him.

"We had Arkansas, Duke, Tennessee, Clemson, and Vanderbilt come by the school this week," Quarles said. "Right now, he's pretty open. He doesn't have any favorites and is just waiting to see which schools are most interested in him and who'll offer."

Wake Forest, Penn State, Northwestern and Virginia have also expressed interest in Robinette. He attended the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio, Texas in January and was named to the "All Combine" team. Quarles believes Robinette has what it takes as a top Division 1 quarterback.

"Patton's got a great arm, he's accurate, and fast," Quarles said. "We don't throw a lot, about 10-15 times a game. We run a lot of option veer and zone reads. He'd have put up even bigger numbers if we had."

Robinette was knocked out of the state championship game with a concussion at the half. He had helped the Rebels score 21 points in the first half. They hung on in the final two quarters and got a safety to defeat Smyrna, 23-21.

"Patton's a great kid, very nice and polite," said Quarles. "His GPA is a 4.5 and is 2nd or 3rd in his class. He's played some basketball here too. His grandfather played basketball at Tennessee for Coach Ray Mears in the 60s."

Patton Robinette wears No. 4 for the Rebels. He has talked with his coach and has the opportunity for an early graduation from Maryville after the 2011 season.

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