Notre Dame football recruiting: Corey Robinson at home in bowl

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SAN ANTONIO – A week before he makes Notre Dame his second home, Corey Robinson is making sure his fellow U.S. Army All-Americans get to know his first home.

He’s no stranger to watching big games in his hometown after years of watching his father, David Robinson, in action for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs. On Saturday, Corey Robinson will take his turn at playing on the biggest stage of his career at the Alamodome.

“It’s been wild,” Robinson said. “I get to watch this game every year and now to finally be able to be in it and participate in the events, it’s incredible.”

He’s been a host to the six other Notre Dame commitments joining him this week in San Antonio, showing off the downtown River Walk when taking breaks away from competing on the field.

All-star games often turn into passing exhibits and the 6-4, 195-pound Robinson should get a number of opportunities to catch some on Saturday. Robinson’s more worried about picking up a victory for his West team, which features fellow commits Jaylon Smith, Steve Elmer, and injured Torii Hunter Jr.

“I’m excited for that, but the main thing for me right now is just to enjoy the experience and hopefully get a ‘W’ for the West team,” Robinson said.

He’s been impressed by the talent at practices.

“If you try to go less than 100 percent on any given play you’re going to get embarrassed,” Robinson said. “Everyone is incredible. All the receivers are outstanding receivers and all the cornerbacks are very talented.”

Robinson will be rooming with Elmer when they arrive on campus on Jan. 12, but the wide receiver still has work to do before graduating. Calling himself a “terrible procrastinator,” Robinson admitted that he still needs to take one more test on British literature to earn his diploma.

The move to South Bend will separate Robinson from a Spurs organization that he’s known so well growing up. Not being able to go to their games will be one of the biggest things he’ll miss in San Antonio.

“I’ve been trying to go to as many as I can the past month or two because I leave in a week. I’m trying to get my fix,” Robinson said. “It’s going to be a little different without going to Spurs games. That’s been a constant in my life with my dad.”

He’ll take with him some lessons he’s learned from watching an organization that wins on an annual basis.

“The locker room atmosphere is very important,” Robinson said. “You have to have solid leadership and it has to come from multiple places because you can’t do it alone.”

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