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2015 RB Andre Robinson aiming high

9/12/2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Andre Robinson sprawled out on a bench late in the third quarter, as if he were watching a movie. He didn't sweat, didn't gasp for air; he just smiled and chatted with a teammate.

"I don't get tired," the sophomore tailback said matter-of-factly.

Robinson's conditioning and athleticism have forced college coaches to take notice. The Bishop McDevitt standout already holds offers from Boston College and Pitt, and fans aren't shy in comparing him to former greats at the school -- such as Ricky Watters, LeSean McCoy and Jameel Poteat.

"Yeah, I'm aware of that," Robinson said. "I'm not them, but I hope to be remembered as good as they were and to have some of the careers they have."

Harrisburg residents began whispering about the back as early as eighth grade. He was above the 140-pound threshold for the midget league, so the 170-pound middle-schooler was placed on Bishop McDevitt's freshman team.

Robinson averaged nearly a first-down-and-a-half with every carry. That's when he knew playing time as a freshman was a real possibility. And that's when he started to to seriously consider playing for an FBS school.

"I'm open to everywhere right now," said the Alabama fan, "but I think I want to go somewhere down south and maybe play in the SEC."

Last season, he was part of a running-back-by-committee that still saw him run for 847 yards on 114 carries. He found the end zone 19 times, 16 times on the ground.

Behind a young offensive line, Robinson was routinely stuffed by Central Dauphin on Friday night. But he usually dragged two or three defenders an extra few yards every time he reached the line of scrimmage.

And the powerful back -- who believes his versatility separates him from others -- flashed potential by catching three balls for 86 yards. On one play, he hauled in a pass more than a foot over his head and managed to juke linemen and outrun DBs on a 36-yard screen pass.

"He's going to be a good one," Bishop McDevitt coach Jeff Weachter said.

The 5-foot-10, 205-pound tailback joined his teammate -- wideout Brian Lemmelle -- on unofficial visits to Pitt and Penn State. And he said he'll likely take more visits and attend some football camps once his sophomore season ends.

Until then, he's aiming for 1,500 rushing yards, 28 touchdowns, an all-state selection and a state championship.

He hasn't heard from Penn State for a while, but he's expecting the Nittany Lions to make their rounds in Harrisburg soon. Robinson mentioned the scandal at PSU was certainly a negative, but he liked that the school was close to home -- and that Adam Breneman (Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff) and Lemelle could both be on campus.

"I'm just trying to take this all in stride," Robinson said. "Brian's one of my best friends, he's like a big brother to me, so he's just telling me to keep my head on straight."