Patton Robinette recruiting update

Patton Robinette led Maryville to a Tennessee Class 6A state championship as a junior. The 6-foot-6, 205-pound quarterback then committed to North Carolina in June. Now well into his senior year, Robinette and the Maryville Red Rebels completed an undefeated regular season and won their first round playoff game with Bearden. He took an unofficial visit to Vanderbilt earlier this season.

"Offensively we've been very efficient," said Patton Robinette. "I feel like I've done better this year looking down my second and third options, avoiding sacks, and doing what's best for the team in my decision-making. The offensive line has been great and so has the wide receivers."

The Red Rebel offensive line features Under Armour All-American Jay Guillermo at center and senior guard Brandon Guy. They also have sensational sophomore Shawn Prevo at running back. Robinette has been the keystone of the offense. For the second straight year he's had a completion percentage close to 70-percent and made excellent use of his duel-threat ability in the Maryville shotgun spread.

"In the Knoxville Catholic game I had over 100 yards passing and rushing," said Robinette. "As a team, we're doing well having won 25 in a row and ranked No. 1 in the state. We're facing a good team Friday night in Science Hill, and we'll need to be on our game."

Robinette is recruited to North Carolina by Offensive Coordinator/Quarterback coach John Shoop. Although he's maintained a firm commitment to North Carolina, Robinette has taken a couple of unofficial visits to other universities during the season.

"I took my official visit to North Carolina early in the season when they played Rutgers," Robinette said. "My two unofficial visits were to Stanford for their game with Washington and to Vanderbilt during an off-week."

Vanderbilt's Bob Shoop, John's brother, is recruiting Robinette for the Commodores. James Franklin wants to bring in the top guys in the state and doesn't want to let this one go without a fight.

"When I went to Vanderbilt I talked with Coach Shoop and Ricky Rahne," Robinette said. "I liked the coaches. It's interesting what they're doing offensively. I love what they've been able to do with Coach Franklin and the direction the program is going, but obviously I'm still committed to North Carolina."

If Vanderbilt or any other program has plans of switching Robinette's commitment it may have to happen soon as he's set to graduate from Maryville in December. As a junior he scored a perfect 36 on the ACT and carries a 4.5 GPA.

In Maryville's first round playoff game against Bearden, Robinette was six-of-10 passing for 137 yards and a touchdown in the 35-0 Rebel win. The Red Rebels are going for their 13th state championship which would be the most for any Tennessee high school. Top Stories