Calhoun senior to play football at Henderson State
April 30, 2013 at 11:04 p.m.
Updated April 29, 2013 at 11:30 p.m.
Trey Robinson is a talented athlete, but he wasn't always the best of students.
The Calhoun senior admits he had a number of talks with athletic director and head football coach Richard Whitaker about the way he approached school.
"Let's just say, my freshman year, I did not give the most effort," Robinson recalled. "I was young and not very focused. I would do well enough to pass just so I could play."
As Robinson got older he began to see how important making good grades was to having a chance to continue playing football on the college level.
"I just realized my junior and senior years it was time to mature," he said. "If I wanted to make my dreams come true, I had to mature."
Robinson buckled down in the classroom and continued to perform on the field and will realize his dream of playing college football when he signs a letter-of-intent Wednesday to play football at Henderson State in Arkadelphia, Ark., in the upcoming season.
"Trey was always a very intelligent kid," Whitaker said. "He just needed some direction."
Robinson also drew interest from Minot State in North Dakota, but was impressed with the success of the Henderson State program.
"They were 10-0 and lost in the second round of the playoffs," Robinson said. "It was way closer to home. It's not freezing in Arkansas. It's a lot more like Texas."
The 5-foot-10, 192-pound Robinson is expected to play in the secondary and return kicks for Henderson State. He had seven interceptions as a junior and three as a senior.
"Trey breaks on the ball well," Whitaker said. "He has a good knack for reading the quarterback's eyes and he's a very physical player."
Robinson will join Cuero quarterback Blake Reeve at Henderson State.
Palacios athletes move on
Palacios senior Anthony Garcia has signed a letter-of-intent to participate in track and field at Sam Houston State next season.
Senior Kevin Brown has agreed to play football at Texas Lutheran University in the fall.
Garcia has a season-best pole vault of 14 feet, 6 inches, and has qualified for the Class 2A state meet in the event.
Brown was a unanimous first-team All-District 14-2A, Division I pick in the secondary.