San Antonio.- Little Admiral, the son of “The Admiral,” David Robinson will represent San Antonio in the most well-known high school football game in the country.
Each year the U.S. Army All American Bowl selects the nation’s elite high school football players to play in the Alamodome.
This year, Corey Robinson, David’s middle-son is the only San Antonio player on the roster but a good one nonetheless.
“Luckily for us, San Antonio has always been a hotbed for football,” Doug Berman, chairman of All American Games said. “San Antonio should be proud that it’s always produced quality national football players. This year is great because we have a nice story like David’s son.”
The 6-foot-4 Robinson is a wide receiver at San Antonio Christian High School and is committed to take his talents to Notre Dame and will play for Brian Kelly next fall.
The 3-star wide receiver and San Antonio Christian standout had offers from Iowa, Navy, Wake Forest, North Carolina and Kansas, but in the end felt that Notre Dame was home.
“I loved the atmosphere and coaches, it just felt right. We were praying about it and we felt the Lord really led us to the commitment,” Corey told FoxSports.com after he made his decision. “They believed in me before anyone else. They were my first offer. They had this confidence in me.”
Young Robinson’s numbers speak for themselves as he leads the area with 1,414 receiving yards and 20 TDs this season.
From a national perspective the U.S. Army All American Bowl hosts the best of the best players in the nation. After the announcement of Robinson’s selection, the six finalists for the U.S. Army Player of the Year Award, the list is as follows
Derrick Henry (Yulee High School, Yulee, Fla.)
Henry broke a career national rushing yards record, surpassing the previous mark set by legendary Ken “Sugarland Express” Hall of 11,232 yards, set in 1953. He is a big back (6-foot-3, 243 pounds) and nearly impossible to bring down one-on one. Henry is a downhill runner and runs between the tackles, but has the speed to bounce outside for a long breakaway run. Henry is committed to the University of Alabama.
High School, Murrieta, Calif.)
Cravens has the ability to be a playmaker on both sides of the ball a la Deion Sanders. He has played safety, linebacker, running back and wide receiver and has excelled at all four positions. He is a step ahead of everyone else on the field and his high IQ allows him to make plays that would be difficult for others. Cravens has a nose for the ball and is committed to the University of Southern California.
Kendall Fuller (Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, Olney, Md.)
Fuller is coming out of high school as one of the most instinctual cornerbacks in recent years. He not only has the size and speed, but he has a knack for reading routes, rarely bites on double moves and closes on the football quickly. Fuller is committed to Virginia Tech.
Derrick Green (Hermitage High School, Richmond, Va.)
Green is a downhill runner and one of the most physically imposing backs to come out of the high school ranks in years. He has excellent straight-line speed, plays with good natural leverage and is a load to tackle. His receiving skills need some polish and could become an every down back in college. Green remains undecided on his college choice.
Thomas Tyner (Aloha High School, Aloha, Ore.)
Tyner is in an impressive mix of size and speed that he can be a game-breaker at any time. Tyner is a track star who fit perfectly in Chip Kelly’s high-octane offense. His speed will make him an instant playmaker like DeAnthony Thomas and Kenyon Barner. His size means he's not easily tackled and he can run people over when needed. He is committed to the University of Oregon.
As in the past, this year’s All American Bowl will provide fans a look into the future.
“What makes it interesting is you know someone and some subset of them are going to be Adrian Peterson or Andrew Luck ,” said Berman. “We don’t know which one of them is the future No. 1 draft pick in three or four years but one of them is likely to be.”
Dennis M. Ayotte, Jr. is a reporter for La Prensa de San Antonio. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.