2017 First Look: Shawn Robinson

DENTON, Texas -- Shawn Robinson will be a name major college programs will know in the near future. Scout.com saw the 2017 quarterback in action Thursday at Denton Guyer's spring game.

The logjam at quarterback that Denton Guyer head coach John Walsh has is the type of problem every high school coach wish he could call his own.

Not only does Walsh have multiple college-caliber signal callers, he's replacing one: Texas four-star signee Jerrod Heard, who led Guyer to consecutive state championships.

That leaves big shoes to fill, but Guyer has a bevy of quarterbacks -- namely, 2015 Nebraska commit Kevin Dillman, 2016 prospect David Moore, and 2017 prospect Shawn Robinson -- from which to pick.

As Dillman recovers from an Achilles injury and turf toe, Moore and Robinson have gotten plenty of reps. They started at quarterback for the Silver and Black teams, respectively, during Thursday's Guyer spring game.

Robinson stole the show.

At 6-foot-2, 191 pounds, the 2017 prospect showed everything you want in a young quarterback. His footwork was sound and he sensed pressure surprisingly well for a guy who technically hasn't finished his freshman year of high school. Robinson stepped up to use all of the pocket to make numerous throws, set his feet well, knew which angles to take with his release, and caused fits for the opposing defense with his scrambling ability. In fact, despite wearing a blue non-contact jersey that warrants a simple tag for a play to be blown dead, Robinson got loose for a 79-yard touchdown run on a broken-play scramble.

Then there's his arm.

Robinson's velocity was great. At one point, he fired a ball around the 35-yard line on a rope that was thrown so hard it went right through is receiver's hands eight yards deep in the end zone. Robinson connected with a former quarterback, 2015 receiver/athlete David Haynes, on a 34-yard touchdown that saw Haynes win the ball over two defenders. Robinson knew to put enough air under it to allow the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Haynes to go get it above the smaller defensive backs.

Robinson also had a 42-yard touchdown strike to 2015 running back Anthony Taylor, a 1,000-yard rusher in 2013, on a right-sideline wheel route. Robinson displayed good timing and touch on the throw.

Nebraska has already offered Robinson and is the first school to extend an offer to the 2017 standout, who moved in mid-April to Guyer from Saginaw (Texas) Chisholm Trail, where he started as a freshman, throwing for 1,123 yards, 11 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Robinson also ran for 624 yards and six touchdowns.

Robinson's mother is Guyer's new girls basketball coach, while his father is an assistant on the Guyer football staff, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle.

Robinson felt at ease on the field Thursday, despite the jump in talent level from his old school, which has a young football program, to perennial power Guyer.

"The talent is better," Robinson said. "But it felt normal."

Robinson certainly made it look normal. That's why programs are lining up to get a look at him.

Robinson mentioned several of the schools that have stopped by Guyer recently and have shown interest in him.

"Texas Tech. Oklahoma. Texas. Ohio State, talked to them on the phone," Robinson said. "Stanford came yesterday. Oklahoma State."

With Dillman sidelined for the spring and Robinson taking full advantage of the opportunity to shine, the younger quarterback may have a good shot at starting come late August.

Robinson embraces the quarterback competition at Guyer.

"It's great. Come out and just get better every day," he said. "It motivates me to get better and just keep working."


NOTE: We saw Robinson recently at the Dallas Elite 11 regional competition at AT&T Stadium. At that point, he had not long before picked up the Nebraska offer. He was impressive for such a young prospect, but he was downright stellar in his performance during Thursday's spring game. He should be considered a serious high-major prospect who could be near the top of the state rankings in the 2017 class.


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