When Andre Robinson visited Notre Dame this summer, immediately, he knew he wanted to get back and the 2015 Pennsylvania running back will get that opportunity this weekend when he returns for the Irish’s game against USC.
“I’m excited,” the 5-foot-10, 200-pounder from Bishop McDevitt in Harrisburg, Pa., said. “It’s one of the best rivalries in sports, so I’m definitely excited.”
Robinson already has offers from schools like Penn State, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Boston College among others, but wasn’t discouraged to leave South Bend without an Irish offer this summer. Notre Dame explained that it wanted to build a relationship with the junior running back before throwing out an offer and since the visit, Robinson has stayed in touch with his recruiter, Irish assistant Harry Hiestand.
“I talk to Coach Hiestand pretty frequently,” Robinson said. “He wants to see my film after a couple more games. He’s excited to get me out there this week. He’s excited to see me.
“We’re starting to build a relationship. I feel like we’re getting pretty close.”
He was able to tour campus, see the facilities and meet the coaches during his previous visit. This time, Robinson is looking forward to experiencing the environment in South Bend on game day.
“I want to be on campus,” he said. “I’m leaving right after my game Friday night, so we should be up there early Saturday morning. I just want to be on campus all day and get to see the student body and the campus. I’m just excited to get there.”
Robinson experienced an impressive game day environment last weekend.
“I was at Penn State this past weekend,” he said. “It was awesome. The fans and everything were great. It was a good day. There were 108,000 people there and they were all going crazy. It was pretty cool.”
He has a few more trips scheduled this fall.
“I’m going to Ohio State the 26th and then I’m going to Pitt and Virginia Tech in November,” he said.
Robinson is attacking the process, but isn’t rushing it.
“I’m going to take my time,” he said. “I’m going to decide when I’m ready, but I’d like to have it done by next summer.”
He’ll be evaluating a number of factors when it does come time to make a decision.
“I definitely want to get a good relationship with the coaches. I want to be around guys I can trust. I’m looking for an offense that is going to run the ball a lot. I want to go to a school where I could go and enjoy it even if I didn’t play football.”