BEAST OF THE EAST- Class of 2015 Running Back Andre Robinson (Article and Video)
Posted January 8, 2014 7:13 pm
If you play running back at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, PA, you had better be ready to deal with high expecatations. It’s hard to ignore the rich history at the running back position for Bishop McDevitt. It’s the same school that produced many greats including Ricky Watters (college-Notre Dame, NFL -Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle) and LeSean McCoy (college-Pitt, NFL-currently Philadelphia). Of course, we can’t forget Bishop McDevitt’s all-time leading rusher, Jameel Poteat, currently playing collegiate ball at Stony Brook. It looks like Andre Robinson, currently a junior for Bishop McDevitt, has already lived up to the lofty expectations that were placed on him ever since he was a freshman.
Robinson, Class AAA Player of the Year in Pennsylvania, rushed for 2,336 yards and 29 touchdowns off of 263 carries. Robinson had his best performance in the District 3-AAA championship game against Manheim Central as he rushed for 287 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 150-plus yards in over half of the games he played in 2013. Robinson, who is listed at 5’10”, 210 pounds, currently has eight offers from schools such as: Boston College, Maryland, Northwestern, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Virginia Tech. After his 2013 season performance, one has to believe that there are plenty more that are knocking on his door.
The running back he most reminds me of, as far as past Central Pennsylvania running backs go, is Cameron Artis-Payne (Harrisburg High School). Artis-Payne, currently playing running back for the University of Auburn, and Robinson share the same type of physical build. Both were surprisingly quick for their size and had very good acceleration once they got moving north-south. Robinson isn’t a burner, but his breakaway speed has improved since his sophomore year. Robinson has remarkable leg strength and does not get taken down by arm-tackles at all. He looked like a man amongst boy s in many of the games he played in 2013.
If it wasn’t enough for him to cause havoc on the offensive side of the ball, Robinson also showcased his skills in the return game has he field punts and kick returns during the 2013 season. Bishop McDevitt returns a lot of players from the 2013 team that finished as the PIAA Class AAA runner-up. With Robinson returning as well, Bishop McDevitt just might be able to capture that elusive state championship in 2014.
Below are highlights from his 2013 season.