If you happen to be one of the millions of kids with dreams of playing college athletics, it never hurts to have some good genes in the family. San Antonio, Texas Christian wide receiver Corey Robinson, has that piece of the equation squarely on his side.
Robinson, the son of former NBA great David Robinson, committed to play football for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame on Tuesday night. The 6’5″, 190 wide out is currently rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com.
“I made the decision on the way back home [from Wake Forest],” Robinson said. “My family and I were talking about it. We discussed it, and we prayed about it. I just felt that Notre Dame was the best choice for me. It always felt like the best choice.
“There was something about it. The coaches, the recruits, the strong academics. … I loved everything about it.”
Robinson also held scholarship offers from his dad’s alma mater, Navy, along with offers from Iowa, Kansas, North Carolina, and Wake Forest.
But what about basketball, after all, his old man happened to be fairly successful on the court (10 time All-Star, 1995 NBA MVP)? “Over the past year I’ve really grown to love football. Basketball, I’ve tried my hand at it, but right now I clearly enjoy football more. With my size in basketball I imagine I’d have to be very skilled. I have more equipment for football. I love that one-on-one matchup with the cornerback. On every play you get a chance. I love that,” Robinson told MaxPreps during the recruiting process.
Robinson is only 16 years old so who knows if he’s even done growing. Considering his dad is 7’1″, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the younger Robinson add another inch or two before he arrives on campus in South Bend.
He’s not only a great football player, but like his dad, he also possesses a few other talents off the court. The following in an excerpt from a piece published on SI.com.
He taught himself to play the guitar and drums, took 10 years of piano, learned the ukulele on vacation, played the saxophone in middle school, picked up the bass from his dad, makes jaw-dropping dunks for the basketball team, is a two-time state tennis qualifier in doubles, loves to cook, is teaching himself to speak French and plans to learn Italian over the summer.
How’s that for a well-rounded kid? Let’s just say if this football thing doesn’t work out, he’ll have more than few other options to fall back on.