Robinson holds firm as Scout’s No. 1 QB

 

Denton Guyer High School quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) throws a pass as he is pressured by San Angelo Central High School defensive tackle Jordan Schellhase (41) during the second quarter as Denton Guyer High School hosted San Angelo Central High School at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Friday, November 27, 2015.  (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Denton Guyer High School quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) throws a pass as he is pressured by San Angelo Central High School defensive tackle Jordan Schellhase (41) during the second quarter as Denton Guyer High School hosted San Angelo Central High School at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Friday, November 27, 2015. (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Depending on which recruiting service you look at, and when you do it, there’s been a pretty consistent game of tug of war between Guyer junior quarterback Shawn Robinson and fellow junior signal caller Tate Martell from famed Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas.

My boy Greg Powers of Scout.com just tweeted out the newest set of Scout rankings for the 2017 class, and Robinson sits atop the quarterback perch and checks in at No. 11 in the Scout 300 — the top 300 players in the country. Martell is No. 13 overall, and both players earned the coveted five-star ranking from Scout.

Here’s what Scout’s Brian Dohn wrote about Robinson, who is coming off a bit of a “sophomore slump” his junior season in his second season at Guyer after playing his freshman season at Saginaw Chisholm Trail.

Shawn Robinson, a 6-foot-2, 205-pounder from Denton (Texas) Guyer, is verbally committed to TCU. He picked the hometown Horned Frogs over offers from a host of national names and fits well in the Sonny Cumbie / Doug Meachem offense.

Powers wrote the following as a more in-depth look at what the TCU pledge brings to the table.

Robinson has all of the tools that you are looking for in a young quarterback prospect. Physically and mentally he is prepared for the next level. Had a tough time picking the area of improvement for his profile. Has the true ability to beat you with his arm or his legs any snap. He works well outside the pocket extending plays and will find receivers before just taking off when things break down, but when he does run he is a threat to score.

These accolades are nothing new for Robinson, who helped lead Guyer to the regional final in Class 6A Division II this past season despite an up-and-down season. When it was showtime in the playoffs, however, Robinson was at his best.

What you need to know: Keller Timber Creek

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) stiff arms Wichita Falls Rider senior defensive back Israel Esquibel (3), Friday, September 12, 2014, at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) stiff arms Wichita Falls Rider senior defensive back Israel Esquibel (3), Friday, September 12, 2014, at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

Guyer’s last two games haven’t been satisfactory to head coach John Walsh, and I’m guessing his entire program echoes that thought. Two weeks ago, of course, the Wildcats dropped a stunner to end a 24-game district winning streak dating back to 2011, and then last week, they held on to beat Trophy Club Nelson 12-10, watching as the Bobcats blew some big chances while Guyer blew a couple of its own. This week, the Wildcats need to show more before heading into a key regular-season finale against Ryan.

The Game: Guyer (6-2, 4-1) at Keller Timber Creek (3-5, 2-3), Thursday, 7 p.m.

Series record: Guyer is 1-0 all-time against the Falcons, as the Wildcats beat them 58-21 when Shawn Robinson threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns while Guyer led 51-7 at halftime.

What happened last week: Guyer overcame injuries to three two key defensive starters prior to the game (defensive end Cameron Wax and outside linebacker Dante Ramacher) and two more during the game (defensive tackle Arian Bhat and cornerback J.T. Ashcraft), as well as an illness that forced blue-chip quarterback Shawn Robinson to miss the game. The result? A terribly ugly 12-10 win, but a win nonetheless. Guyer had two first-and-goal situations in the game and came away with zero points on those two possessions, but got great play from its defense and an early safety that ended up being the margin of victory. Timber Creek more than doubled up Justin Northwest, hanging 45 points on the Texans behind their bruising rushing attack and a pretty dang good defense.

What to expect: The Wildcats will have to wait another week to get guys like Wax and Ashcraft back, but they will get a big boost with the return of Robinson under center. Sophomore Luke Stillwell was more than admirable in his varsity debut, but Robinson is on another level. He hasn’t had quite the season everyone expected from him this year, but there is still time for him to rectify that.

Final say: The Wildcats are desperate for momentum at this point. This is a program that has prided itself on peaking at just the right time and playing its best football heading into the postseason, dating back to their breakthrough 2008 season. They got the playoff-clinching part out of the way last week, now they just need to start playing good football in all three phases. The coaching staff has been pushing for momentum and dominance pretty heavily this week, and I think the Falcons, as improved as they are, will be the victims of that.

Score prediction: Guyer 38, Keller Timber Creek 21

 

Preseason questions: Filling a big ol’ void

Guyer wide receiver Brandon Daniel (16) celebrates a touchdown catch against Keller Fossil Ridge last season at C. H. Collins Athletic Complex.  Michael Clements/For the DRC

Guyer wide receiver Brandon Daniel (16) celebrates a touchdown catch against Keller Fossil Ridge last season at C. H. Collins Athletic Complex.
Michael Clements/For the DRC

The Guyer Wildcats are set to begin fall practice on Monday, and with a week to go before that early morning practice comes, we’re going to take a look at five preseason questions/things to watch for in the upcoming season.

Guyer is set to open their 10th regular season in program history on Aug. 28 in the re-opening of Allen Eagle Stadium against the three-time defending Class 6A Division I state champion Eagles. Before that, the Wildcats scrimmage Euless Trinity and have a lot of practices leading up to that.

Question: The Wildcats lost a huge chunk of production from the wide receiver position, leaving a gaping hole at an important unit in the Guyer offensive machine. They have one of the best quarterbacks in the country, but who will Shawn Robinson throw the ball to?

Shawn Robinson is the No. 1 dual threat quarterback in the country for the Class of 2017, and according to several recruiting services, would also be the top of any in the Class of 2016. In short, the kid is really, really good and has a chance to go down as the best quarterback Guyer has ever produced. That’s saying something given the Wildcats brief, albeit impressive, history at the position.

But there’s a big question surrounding Guyer as the Wildcats prepare to start practice next week: Who, exactly, is going to catch Robinson’s passes? Last year, Robinson completed 145 of his 238 pass attempts for 2,799 yards and 33 touchdowns. Of all of that, 22 of his 145 completions were to guys who return this year. Of those 2,799 yards, only 358 yards return. The touchdowns? That number dips to six.

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Robinson nation’s top QB in 2017 class

Quarterback Shawn Robinson eludes a Keller Central defender

Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson eludes a Keller Central defender last season. David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle

This isn’t too surprising, but it’s news, nonetheless.

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson, who is set to begin spring football with the Wildcats on April 27 to prime for his junior season, has been getting tons of accolades and big-time offers recently, and on Tuesday he added another.

Robinson, who recently picked up offers from defending national champ Ohio State along with Alabama to add to his prestigious list, was named the top quarterback in the country in the latest Top 247 for 2017 released by recruiting website 247 Sports.

Robinson is the No. 11 player on the list and the top-ranked quarterback and has a four-star rating from the service. Other services, including Scout, have tagged Robinson with the rare five-star rating.

“We think he’s the best quarterback in the country regardless of classification, so I’m glad everyone else thinks so too,” Guyer head coach John Walsh said.

Robinson burst on to the scene last year as a young sophomore, having just turned 15 a month before the season began. He ended up throwing for 2,799 yards and 33 touchdowns with just five picks. On the ground, he rushed for 1,416 yards and 17 scores while leading Guyer to an area-round playoff berth.

Walsh said he has to pinch himself every once and a while to make sure he isn’t dreaming thinking about the prospect of coaching the 6-3, 195-pound Robinson for two more years at the high school level.

“It’s definitely something that makes you feel good as a program knowing you have your quarterback solidified with that kind of talent and that kind of leadership,” Walsh said. “He brings so much to the table with his physical talent, but he’s also extremely humble. I don’t know who all reads the papers and the Internet to see he’s the No. 1 guy, but you wouldn’t know it just seeing him at school.”

Guyer’s backup QB Moore goes back to Prosper

The once crowded quarterback derby at Guyer heading into the 2014 season is suddenly much clearer.

After the Guyer coaching staff moved last season’s backup to Texas freshman Jerrod Heard, David Haynes, to wide receiver full-time, the starting job under center was in the hands of sophomore transfer Shawn Robinson, who started as a freshman for Saginaw Chisholm Trail last season.

Prosper move-in David Moore was set to be Robinson’s backup and had a solid performance in Guyer’s spring game. Now, Moore is headed back to Prosper before his career at Guyer ever got started.

“It wasn’t really my decision,” said Moore, who started the regular-season finale for Prosper as a sophomore, going 8-for-9 for more than 200 yards and two touchdowns. “It was more for my mom and her personal reasons, she wanted to go back and I just said, ‘all right.’”

Guyer head coach John Walsh said the decision was made due to some family health concerns.

“David and his family are moving back to Prosper due to some family health issues,” Walsh said. “David worked hard during his time at Guyer, and we wish him well.”

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What to Watch for: Guyer spring game

 

Guyer running back Anthony Taylor scores a touchdown in Guyer's state semifinal win over Highland Park on Dec. 14, at Allen Eagle Stadium.

The annual tease known as spring football comes to an end tonight, as the two-time defending Class 4A Division I state champion Guyer Wildcats will play their annual spring game at 6 p.m.

While the coaches have already done all of their evaluating over the past few weeks in spring practice and don’t really care too much for tonight’s game, it’s most for the fans, so here’s a little guide of what to watch for if you’re heading out to Guyer tonight.

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Guyer QBs taking shot at Elite 11

Guyer's David Haynes (7) carries the ball in the second half of a blowout playoff victory over Amarillo in November.

It’s been well documented around here recently that Guyer is #blessed with an embarrassment of riches at quarterback, due to some move-ins and hirings.

Of course, David Haynes is entering his senior season after being seen as Jerrod Heard’s heir apparent for the past three years. Haynes started at wide receiver last season and could be a Division I-caliber recruit at either position. There’s also California move-in, via Sweden, Kevin Dillman, who recently committed to Nebraska and Prosper move-in David Moore. Then, of course, there’s super phenom Shawn Robinson, who’s the son of new Guyer girls basketball coach Andrea Robinson and new tight ends coach Othell Robinson.

This Sunday, AT&T Stadium will host the Dallas Elite 11 event with some of the state’s top signal-callers hoping to move on to the Elite 11 finals in Oregon this summer, where Jerrod Heard competed last summer.

Guyer head coach John Walsh said Haynes will be on hand this weekend at the event, as will Robinson. He said Dillman would be competing but he’s still rehabbing from a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered last season in California.

Briefly…

The Tom Landry Classic sent a tweet out Friday afternoon that caught some attention, saying Guyer would open the season against two-time defending Class 5A Division I state champion at UNT’s Apogee Stadium. The game was originally scheduled for Allen’s Eagle Stadium. Of course, the $60 million stadium, which is still not yet two years old, is undergoing some massive repair and might not be ready for play at all this season. When asked to confirm the decision, Walsh said he spoke with the Classic director and was told the move isn’t yet a 100 percent certainty, but it does look promising that the Wildcats will be opening their 2014 season in Denton with an Aug. 29 game pitting two back-to-back state champions.