Robinson gets unexpected offer

Santa Ana (Calif.) junior Curtis Robinson had 10 scholarship offer coming into Saturday's Elite Junior Invite. When he left the event, Robinson had unexpected news.

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei linebacker Curtis Robinson has seen his stock soar over the past couple of weeks.

Saturday, Robinson made it to the Elite Junior Invitational for a meeting with Peter Sirmon and the Trojan coaching staff.

“I spoke to Coach Sirmon earlier in the week about coming up, and I did take a visit to a practice right after the season ended, so I had already seen parts of the campus,” said Robinson. “When I went to the practice, I met Coach Sarkisian and Coach Sirmon, but my contact with them had been spotty.

“This was a good chance to talk with the coaches more and get to know them a little bit better, but the offer was totally unexpected. It’s exciting for sure.

“It was really good to talk to Coach Sirmon about their defense and sit in on position meetings and stuff like that. I enjoyed that the most.”

Robinson, while taken back by the scholarship offer, says he wants to wait the process out.

Robinson recorded 60 tackles, five sacks and picked off a pass playing linebacker. However, also plays wide receiver for Mater Dei and has yet to rule that out as a position he play in college.

“Just from talking to Coach Sirmon, I get the impression they like me at linebacker more,” said Robinson. “But USC is pretty much known as Linebacker and Receiver U, so that’s appealing.

“The positions that I play are linebacker and receiver, so the tradition that USC has fits perfectly with what I do.”

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound junior had scholarship offers from Duke, Boston College and Washington during the season, but this past week his options for college expanded.

“I had the four offers coming out of the season, and then I got six just this past week not counting USC today,” said Robinson. “I feel like I’ve gotten off to a pretty good start with recruiting.”

Robinson would like to follow up his unofficial visit to USC with visits to a few other schools this spring. His options now include Colorado, Notre Dame, Cal, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Washington State, Washington, Duke, Arizona State and Boise State.

“I don’t have anything set and planned, but I would like to take visits to maybe two or three schools in the spring,” said Robinson. “I’m thinking about Notre Dame, Duke and Washington.

“Washington is the easiest visit I can take just because it’s the closest. It’s easier to get a flight up there on shorter notice. Notre Dame has been recruiting me pretty hard, so I would like to go out there and see everything.

“And with Duke, that was the first offer that I got. I have that in the back of my head and they’ve been recruiting me a lot as well. I’d like to get out there and they’ve been pushing me for a visit.”

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