At the start of 2012, wide receiver Corey Robinson (San Antonio/San Antonio Christian) didn’t have an offer. With the year half over, Robinson is now a three-star athlete, a Notre Dame commitment and one of 150 players preparing to compete in The Opening.
What a difference six months makes.
Robinson on Wednesday accepted an invitation to The Opening, the prestigious, four-day training and competition at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound receiver -- the son of NBA star David Robinson -- now has another accolade to put on a football resume that has blossomed since picking up his first offer from Notre Dame in February.
“It’s very humbling. I’m just in awe right now,” Robinson said. “I'm looking at the list and the amazing players going, and I saw some guys in my class at Notre Dame are going to be there. I just hope the show I put up is good enough.”
Robinson caught 42 passes for 660 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2011 -- an impressive statistic considering San Antonio Christian averaged nearly 200 yards rushing per contest. He helped San Antonio Christian advance to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) Class 4A Division II semifinals before falling to Tomball (Texas) Concordia.
Robinson said The Opening invite caught him by surprise, but it also served as new motivation.
“I didn’t think I’d get invited, but wow … it’s just amazing,” Robinson said. “The ride’s been crazy. It’s a real blessing, and sometimes, I think about everything too much. I’ve just got to keep on pushing.
“I know sitting around never really got me this far. I’ve got to go out and outwork my competition every day. There’s always room for improvement.”
Robinson is ranked No. 81 among receivers nationally. He is No. 96 among all players in Texas.