Last season, Jacob Robinson lined up for his first varsity season and by the end of the season, had established himself as a sophomore that opposing teams and colleges alike will need to know about.
"For me, I was expecting it to be really tough," he admitted. "I had that in mind. I think I handled it well. The season went well, but as a team, we were hoping for a better season than what we had."
With talents like Robinson and several standout juniors coming back, the team has the capability to meet those expectations in 2013. With one more season under his belt, the Shamrock coaches believe their star defensive end will continue to wreak havoc.
"Jacob has a high motor and plays extremely hard," head coach Jake Gilbert says. "He was our best defensive player as a sophomore. He is getting bigger and stronger fast and will be a big kid capable of playing multiple positions, but best served as a defensive end-tight end."
Last season, the 6'3, 217-lb Robinson recorded 37 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, six tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Best of all, he carries a 3.5 GPA in the classroom.
"He played defensive end for us this past year, but is one of those kids we can trust to put anywhere we need him," assistant coach Kyle Sattison said. "He won our team Defensive Player of the Year award as a sophomore and will be a force in the next couple of years."
Robinson has only gotten some light contact from schools like Air Force and Ivy League programs such as Yale. This summer, he is hoping to continue to raise his profile at college camps, showing those coaches what those who have played with him and against him already know.
"This summer, I'm going to talk to Coach Gilbert, but I'd like to get up to Purdue, I'd like to go to Indiana camp, Ball State, Illinois, Notre Dame, and Michigan."