Robinson's Dual Capability

The San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln athlete, Tyree Robinson, plans to play two sports in college, a change from earlier in his recruitment, and UCLA is very much a factor for him...

San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln athlete Tyree Robinson was long set on just playing basketball in college, wanting to play one more year of football during his senior year, and then sticking to the hardwood permanently.

But after getting out for spring practice, and going to the B2G Underclassmen Showcase in his native San Diego, the 6-2, 180-pounder is now wanting to do both sports at the next level.

Fortunately for Robinson, he's got offers to do both, and that is precisely the route he's wanting to go.

One half of the Robinson twins, his brother Tyrell also has a slew of offers for, football, Tyree was the more touted basketball player of the two, a four-star shooting guard on Scout.com.

But football is just as much of a factor for Tyree, and like his multi-sport talents, he can play multiple positions.

"I play quarterback, receiver, cornerback and safety," said Robinson. "I'd like to play defense, but if I have to play offense, I would. It doesn't matter really."

Robinson has a number of offers, with most coming for both sports.

"I've gotten offers from San Diego State, Arizona, Cal, Oregon, UCLA, Colorado, Washington, Washington State, Notre Dame, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas A&M," said Robinson. "San Diego State is recruiting me really hard, and Oregon is probably recruiting me the hardest."

But Robinson said no leader has emerged.

"I'm very open to all the schools," said Robinson. "I've been really blessed to have coaches come by and see me and I've worked very hard. But I'm very open."

Robinson said schools like Arizona, Colorado State, Colorado, Nevada and UCLA were the most recent to visit him and his brother, among a number of schools to come by during the spring.

Tyree said that he and Tyrell want to continue to play together in college.

"Me and my brother are going to the same place," said Robinson. "We came out of the womb together and we're going to school together."

But Tyree said that does come with some challenges.

"It's a little difficult because there are some schools that I like more that he doesn't like and then there are some schools he likes more that I don't like," said Robinson. "But there are definitely some schools on the same page."

Robinson said its only been recently that football has started to factor into the equation, especially since he was adamant early on about his desire to just play basketball in college.

Balancing the two sports is a situation Robinson acknowledges could be difficult, but he welcomes the challenge.

"I just want the opportunity to play both sports," Robinson said. "If I can play both, I want to be able to. I just want to try it, whatever it takes, I want to help the basketball team and the football team. I have an idea it's going to be pretty hard and eventually, I'll probably have to pick one, but until then, this is what I want to do."

Robinson said he's been slow to get out to camps because of basketball, but said he's planning to take in some more football camps this spring and summer.

"I've missed camps for basketball but coaches know I can play football," said Robinson. "This is really my first year going to camps, and playing both sports, but I'm doing a good job of balancing them out."

So besides an opportunity to play both sports in college, what else is Robinson looking for in a school?

"I just want to have a great relationship with the coaches," said Robinson. "And education comes first, I've been taught that growing up."

Robinson said he's not in any kind of hurry to make a decision, and will likely take some trips with his brother.

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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