October 3, 2007

Robinson leading way for Panthers

Klein (Texas) Oak High School is having a special season thanks to a special delivery last year in the package of athlete Terrence Robinson.

Robinson had to play junior varsity football last year after transferring from neighboring Spring High School in 2006. His emergence at quarterback has freed up Panther utility man DeSean Hales and is giving opposing coaches fits.

"His is just so quick," The Woodlands coach Mark Schmid said. "He is so explosive with the ball and is not a bad passer."

The University of Nebraska offered Robinson based on his junior varsity film and several BCS schools have followed, including Boston College, Wake Forest, Oregon and TCU. Other offers have come from Houston, SMU and Tulsa.

"Coaches that are asking for tape are really behind," Panther coach David Smith said. "He is still pretty open and he's that type of kid with a great attitude. He's a proactive guy who will make an educated decision.

"What he does so well is planting that foot and exploding," he said. "If he does that, he's gone. As a receiver, he catches with his hands like he's been coached at receiver for years."

The 5-foot-9 athlete officially visited Wake Forest two weeks ago and unofficially visited Boston College this summer.

"We run a lot of the same stuff as Wake Forest," Smith said. "He sees that fit."

Robinson has rushed for 772 yards on 71 carries and 10 touchdowns.

"He tries and break every play for a touchdown," Smith said. "We are working on getting him to just focus on getting the first down."

While Hales, who has committed to Texas, and Robinson are major Division I prospects, they aren't the only Panthers getting recruited.

Linebacker Mark Hunter has been offered by the academies and several I-AA schools, and a trio of juniors have emerged from Smith.

Offensive linemen Kevin Forsch and Clint Naron have both been offered while tight end Jordan Najvar is nearing his first offer.
"Clint has been offered by Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Baylor," Smith said. "He's also been verbally offered by Tennessee. Kevin has been verbally offered by Wake Forest and is having a tremendous season. Jordan will get something early also. What's nice is that they are all straight-A students."



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