March 12, 2012
Robinson next high-profile SPC QB
The Southwest Preparatory Conference produced some elite quarterbacks in 2011.
There was Fort Worth All Saints QB TJ Millweard, who chose UCLA over Virginia Tech, Arizona State and Arkansas.
Then there was Austin St. Andrew's signal caller Preston Dewey, who spurned UCLA, North Carolina and Ole Miss for Miami (Fla.).
Houston Kinkaid QB Ford Childress chose West Virginia over Arizona and Arizona State.
Now the mantle has been passed to Bellaire Episcopal quarterback Austin Robinson to represent the SPC.
He is fully capable of doing so.
As a 6-4, 210 pound junior, Robinson threw 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns while running for 521 yards and another 12 scores.
Oh, and by the way, he accomplished all that at the age of 15.
Those are impressive numbers and size for a kid who just recently earned the right to drive and college coaches have taken notice.
Northwestern, LSU, Texas A&M, TCU, Stanford and several others have taken notice and Robinson has an idea of what he is looking for in a school and where he'd like to play his college ball.
"The offense. Passing and running and mixing both. I'm looking for a high-paced offense," he said.
"I would love to stay close to home. I'm a momma's boy and I love the family."
While his size and speed (he runs the 100, 200, 4x200 and 4x100) have helped him run the ball effectively, he knows the other aspect of his game is his forte.
"The most effective part of my game is the passing game," he said.
"My ability to run is just a blessing I was given. It's not something I look forward to as the first choice but if I have to I'll get out of the pocket."
Episcopal offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kary Kemble agreed and said while he has no intentions of changing any part of Robinson's game, there is one aspect that has made him cringe a time or two.
"There were times when I wished he would have made more moves because he was just running over people," Kemble said.
"When I got there, I could see that kind of athlete he is and we specifically designed the offense around him to showcase his talents.
We've got several plays designed for him to carry the ball off zone-read action."
On the recruiting side of things, a few schools have been on Robinson's mind as of late, on e of them being TCU.
"My interest level is very high in TCU. I like their offense - it is very high-paced," he said.
"The weapons they have around the quarterbacks and around the offense is phenomenal. Their running backs, three-deep, and their wide receivers, tall and fast. That's really attracted me and that they are relentless and shove it down (opponents'') throats."
Robinson said the Frogs' staff has been in "constant contact" and he previously visited the Fort Worth campus.
"TCU - he really likes them. He gets excited and his eyes kind of light up," Kemble said if Robinson.
"He wants to stay kind of in this area and close to home. Texas, in other words, or the South.
"He likes the coaching staff, the atmosphere, the stadium change and that those type of things that are going on at TCU. And that's what he likes about Baylor too - the commitment they are making to athletics.
"To be honest, TCU is hot with a lot of kids right now. They've entered the Big 12 and all of a sudden kids are saying TCU is a viable option."
Kemble said Robinson is keeping his options open at this point and after spring ball, he should get even more heavy looks from teams around the state and country.
Kemble also said that some schools are recruiting Robinson as an athlete but, at this point, he has his mind set on playing quarterback at the next level.
Robinson said there is also some mutual interest with Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. State. He has visited Baylor and Texas A&M and plans to visit Rice and SMU.
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