2013 recruit Tyree Robinson (6'4, 190 pounds) of San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln High School is a dual sport athlete who first shined on the basketball court. A scoring "combo" guard on the hardwood (21 points per game), Tyree has seen his stock rise as a football recruit rise over the past few months.
Listed as a safety on some sites and an "athlete" on others, Robinson has generally stayed away from the football camp circuit due to participating in AAU basketball in the spring and summer. After receiving interest from UCLA and Notre Dame, Robinson put on stellar performances at the Los Angeles B2G camp and USC's rising star camp. Since then, 17 schools including USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Georgia and Washington have offered Robinson.
Robinson, who appears to be a few inches shorter than his listed height, is a player whose talents are deployed on both sides of the ball for his high school squad. Robinson plays cornerback almost exclusively. In fact, cornerback is probably the position in which he is further along in terms of football development. He is still raw, which is to be expected from a recruit that hasn't been able to focus fully on football.
A long and athletic prospect, Robinson has excellent hip flexibility for a player of his size. He's a physically imposing corner who can match up effectively with taller receivers on an island in man coverage. An excellent leaper, he also changes direction well. His speed is not elite, but he possesses the speed to run down-field with most receivers. Robinson needs to get lower and improve his foot speed in his drop. He transitions well out of the drop, allowing him to "lead" vertical routes.
The hoops background is evident as Robinson leaps to make plays on the ball. He also gets in good position against wide receivers, opting often to undercut in, breaking routes and using his long wingspan reach in. He's good in run support and is a sure, wrap tackler.
Robinson's combination of ball skills, length and size make him a natural fit at the safety position. Although, if he does choose to play on the defensive side of the ball at the collegiate level, his change of direction and aforementioned size might combine to make him valuable at cornerback. However, the additional size he is likely to put on in a collegiate strength program could make him eventually outgrow the position.
The athlete is not as far along at receiver as he is on defense. He doesn't run the most precise routes and hasn't mastered enough of the nuances to set up cornerbacks. He primarily beats defenders in isolation situations with sheer athleticism. Robinson possesses soft hands and is natural "plucker" who gets full extension away from his frame when catching the ball. Robinson's height, leaping ability and wingspan work in combination to give him a huge catch radius. He is similar to former North Carolina receiver Hakeem Nicks .
Robinson's brother, Tyrell, is also a top recruit.