December 19, 2014
South Bend — Freshman wide receiver Corey Robinson remembers visiting Navy when his dad, David, had basketball reunions.
“I grew to love the atmosphere there,” Robinson said.
Navy was always on his mind as an option. And then Notre Dame offered him a football scholarship.
“I came up here and saw how incredible it was,” Robinson said. “I had to say, ‘Sorry, Pops, I’m going in a different direction.’ ”
Robinson and the Irish square off Saturday against the Midshipmen.
David Robinson went to Navy before embarking on a legendary NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs. Corey Robinson said he took the news of his decision to attend Notre Dame well.
“I think he was happy because he was telling me horror stories,” Robinson said. “I think he tried to scare me out of it.
“He said he didn’t get any sleep the whole time. And he’s a smart guy, and he told me he got some bad grades his first couple of years. And I was like, ‘Hmm, I don’t know if that’s for me or not.’ I think he was actually happy when I told him I wanted to go somewhere else.”
Robinson has five catches for 101 yards. He caught his first touchdown pass last week at Air Force.
“He’s spent a lot of time learning football,” quarterback Tommy Rees said. “He’s a big guy [6-4], he can go up and get it for us. . . . He wants to be the best that he can be.”
Robinson and William Fuller became the third freshman duo to catch touchdowns in the same game for Notre Dame.
“When I scored the touchdown, it was so surreal,’’ Robinson said. ‘‘I didn’t know what to do. Should I celebrate? I didn’t even know. I asked Will the same thing, and he didn’t know what to do, either. It was unreal, the whole moment, all my teammates are congratulating me. It was a really cool, special moment.”
Another will take place Saturday.
“I have to talk to my dad about this and make sure he’s wearing my jersey or wearing Notre Dame or wearing something as opposed to Navy,” Robinson joked. “I think my grandpa, who also served in the Navy, might be wearing Navy.
“I don’t know. There’s a lot of Navy happening right now. I need to change that.’’
Note: Nick Watkins, a cornerback from Bishop Dunne Catholic School in Dallas, made an oral commitment to Notre Dame, according to multiple reports.