Robinson enjoyed hometown hero role

SAN ANTONIO -- Before he heads off to college, Notre Dame commit Corey Robinson (San Antonio/San Antonio Christian) chose to continue being the respectable hometown kid. After Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl, he took pride in signing autographs, taking pictures and even giving away some of his game gear.

“I only have two of these … but here you go,” Robinson told a fan, referring to his Army bowl wristbands, which he then signed and gave away.

For an All-American football player, it was a noticeable act of kindness. For the son of former NBA star David Robinson, as well as a player who appreciated the love his hometown crowd gave him, it was a routine gesture.

“I learned from my dad that signing one autograph or taking one picture could make a person’s day,” Robinson said. “It’s only five or 10 seconds for me. It’s the least I could do for these people. For all the love the fans give me, five or 10 seconds is nothing.”

Robinson said the overall atmosphere at the Alamodome -- which featured a bowl-game record crowd of 40,133 -- will further help him adjust to what he’ll see in South Bend, Ind. As for the game itself, Robinson called it “one of the best experiences” of his life, despite the lack of sleep or the minimal down time.

“The only time we really got to rest is around 9 or 10 o’clock,” Robinson said. “But I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Robinson, a three-star athlete, chose Notre Dame over offers from Iowa, North Carolina, Kansas and Wake Forest. He also chose the Fighting Irish over his father’s alma mater, Navy.