Corey Robinson

Early Enrollees: Corey Robinson


With an athletic pedigree that is hard to ignore, Corey Robinson, son of NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson, walks onto campus as one of the more intriguing developmental projects in recent memory. Late to the sport of football, Notre Dame was one of the first schools to identify Robinson as a player, and it looks like they may have found a good one. Still growing at 6-foot-5, Robinson is learning as he goes, a dangerous proposition for future red zone defenders.

San Antonio, Texas

Measureables: 6-foot-5, 200-pounds
Accolades: First-team Division II All-State Texas private schools. First-team All-San Antonio. U.S. Army All-American, Texas All-State Academic Team. National Merit Scholarship. Four-stars Rivals, Scout.
Impressive offers: Iowa, Kansas, North Carolina, Wake Forest
Projected position: Wide receiver

Quick Take: Raw football player that’s quickly learning the game. Progress from junior to senior season was immense, and he held his own at Army All-American game, earning rave reviews. Athletic enough to be a wide receiver, yet has size and build to become power player. Evolutionary wide receiver, fits the changing mold for receivers with power and size. For Notre Dame, gives the Irish a red zone weapon, counters any issues that come with field shrinking by the goal line.

Pedigree of Hall of Fame father brings professionalism to locker room. Notre Dame first elite school to identify Robinson, with recruitment wrapped up in short order. Staff believes that Robinson will be able to play a physical brand of football, meaning that he’ll need to put a lot of weight on his lanky frame. He has a long way to go, but a gamble worth taking, and the extra semester on campus will help.

What it means for the Irish roster: If the Irish receiving corps lacked a certain body type since Michael Floyd graduated, Robinson certainly gives Notre Dame that jump ball threat. The recruiting product of a staff that’s used to unearthing diamonds, Robinson will be an interesting case study. One look at his other scholarship offers, it’s clear that Notre Dame saw something that many other elite programs didn’t. Yet Robinson’s ascent up the recruiting rankings after his performance at the Army game, not to mention a senior season with 20 touchdowns and 1,400 yards, has you wondering whether or not the Irish just found a tremendous sleeper.

Obligatory YouTube highlight tape: There doesn’t look to be much on YouTube for Corey, but here is a great link to his Hudl highlights that show you some of his senior season. But in honor of the Admiral, here is a great clip of Corey’s father scoring 71 points against the Clippers.


Irish add commitment from CB Donte Vaughn

Donte Vaughn

Notre Dame’s recruiting class grew on Monday. And in adding 6-foot-3 Memphis cornerback Donte Vaughn, it grew considerably.

The Irish added another jumbo-sized skill player in Vaughn, beating out a slew of SEC offers for the intriguing cover man. Vaughn picked Notre Dame over offers from Auburn, LSU, Miami, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Texas A&M among others.

He made the announcement on Monday, his 18th birthday:

It remains to be seen if Vaughn can run like a true cornerback. But his length certainly gives him a skill-set that doesn’t currently exist on the Notre Dame roster.

Interestingly enough, Vaughn’s commitment comes a cycle after Brian VanGorder made news by going after out-of-profile coverman Shaun Crawford, immediately offering the 5-foot-9 cornerback after taking over for Bob Diaco, who passed because of Crawford’s size. An ACL injury cut short Crawford’s freshman season before it got started, but not before Crawford already proved he’ll be a valuable piece of the Irish secondary for years to come.

Vaughn is another freaky athlete in a class that already features British Columbia’s Chase Claypool. With a safety depth chart that’s likely turning over quite a bit in the next two seasons, Vaughn can clearly shift over if that’s needed, though Notre Dame adding length like Vaughn clearly points to some of the shifting trends after Richard Sherman went from an average wide receiver to one of the best cornerbacks in football, and Vaughn will be asked to play on the outside.

Vaughn is the 15th member of Notre Dame’s 2016 signing class. He is the fifth defensive back, joining safeties D.J. Morgan, Jalen Elliott and Spencer Perry along with cornerback Julian Love. The Irish project to take one more.

With Notre Dame expecting another huge recruiting weekend with USC coming to town, it’ll be very interesting to see how the Irish staff close out this recruiting class.




Days before facing Notre Dame, USC coach Steve Sarkisian to take leave of absence


When Notre Dame takes on rival USC on Saturday, they’ll be facing a Trojans team without a head coach. USC athletic director Pat Haden announced today that effective immediately, head coach Steve Sarkisian will be taking an indefinite leave of absence. Offensive coordinator Clay Helton will be interim head coach.

While the details are still coming into focus, multiple reports point to another incident with alcohol. Haden himself said that he made the decision after speaking with Sarkisian.

“I called Steve and talked to him. It was very clear to me that he is not healthy. I asked him to take an indefinite leave of absence,” Haden said, according to multiple Los Angeles media reports.

Sarkisian’s decision-making and alcohol use came into the spotlight this August when the head coach made inappropriate statements at a large booster event. Sarkisian addressed the media after the incident, acknowledged mixing medication with alcohol, and vowed to seek help and not to make the same mistake again.

Today’s incident appears to be a relapse, and one that requires immediate attention. Helton ran the team’s practice today and steps back into an interim head coaching role, a job he handled after the Trojans fired Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron left after not being awarded the permanent job.

“Fortunately or unfortunately, I have been in this situation before,” Helton said. “Once again, I’m very fortunate to have a group of first-class kids that are extremely talented and want to do something special here.”

This is the second major sports persona to leave his season to seek treatment in recent weeks. New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia left the team to seek treatment for alcohol issues. The Trojans are coming off an upset loss to Washington on Thursday night, losing 17-12 as a 17-point favorite.