July 18, 2006

Robinson has his eye on the prize

For some, it's the attention. For others, it's the competitive fire within them. When Plano (Texas) East linebacker Keenan Robinson looks for motivation heading into the 2006 season, he sets his sights on trying to become a pioneer in his class.

While almost every fan of high school football in the state of Texas knows about the tradition-rich Plano High football program, Robinson's school barely registers on the radar when it comes to winning championships.

As the state's top linebacker prospect and one of the top overall football players in the state of Texas, Robinson is trying to raise the bar of expectations this season.

"I just want to do whatever I can to help my team," Robinson said this past weekend at the Texas Seven-On-Seven Championships. "It's not about me; it's about helping us win. We have never won the state championship at Plano East and I want to be a part of a team that wins it."

With the season rapidly approaching, Robinson is well aware of the fact that every little bit of preparation could make the difference between being able to accomplish his goals for the season or potentially falling short.

"I'm just trying to do what I can for my team by lifting weights, running and stuff like that," Robinson said. "It's the same thing that I've basically been doing the last three or four years."

As a 6-2, 200-pound junior last season, Robinson recorded 111 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and two sacks, while emerging as one of the top defenders in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex.

Fast-forward to this season and you'll find Robinson tipping the scale at 6-3, 215-pounds.

"I'll probably be 220 before the season starts," Robinson notes.

Of course, while Robinson focuses on his senior season, Texas Longhorn fans will have their eye on a potential superstar in the making. The prospect of Robinson adding more muscle to his long frame only accelerates what could be a short learning curve once he sets foot on campus next year.

Even with all of the speculation about his college future, Robinson would still prefer to talk about "team" success first. The early run of top-flight talent to Austin in the recruiting process has the entire Longhorn recruiting class thinking big for the future.

"(The UT commitments) talk about it a lot," Robinson said. "I had breakfast (on Friday) with Earl Thomas at IHOP, so we talked about that the whole time. I talked with Ben Wells. I'm talking with Curtis (Brown) a lot, Tray Allen and Blaine Irby. We talk about how good we're going to be and how good our class is. We're all very excited right now."

Despite all of the talk for the future, Robinson's mind is focused on the task at hand, and he realizes that it won't be an easy task.

"Right now we're looking to win district," Robinson concluded. "I know we have a great chance at doing that. We have a great team coming back. If we win district, then it's trying to make it into December in the playoffs. If we can make it to December, we want to get to the state championship and win that."

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