DeSoto quarterback Shawn Robinson has been the hottest quarterback in Texas this season, this side of Dak Prescott. On Wednesday, the Texas Christian commit got his honorary jersey as part of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance in a ceremony at his high school.
Robinson has thrown for 953 yards and 10 touchdowns and run for 491 yards and seven touchdowns while leading the No. 7 Eagles to a 4-0 record. On Friday, he led DeSoto to a 33-18 defeat of Cedar Hill while passing for 295 yards and two touchdowns and running for a touchdown.
He’s done this, even though he’s still learning Eagles coach Todd Peterman’s offense because Robinson transferred from Guyer (Denton) this year.
“I feel like I can play with the best of anybody, honestly,” Robinson said. “Me and coach Peterman hit it hard, memorizing plays and going over formations. It’s really about learning the basics of the offense. The other stuff will come as I go.”
One reason for the quick adjustment is his father, Othell, is an assistant coach at DeSoto and when Robinson was a freshman at Chisholm Trail (Saginaw, Texas), his father was the offensive coordinator there and they ran an offense that was based on the DeSoto offense.
“He took pieces from what DeSoto was doing my freshman year and put it into our scheme, so I was a little familiar with the plays already,” Robinson said. “Plus, having a coach at home, he brings the playbook home, so he can go over with me and break down film.”
Othell isn’t the only coach at home. Robinson’s mother Andrea was hired as DeSoto’s girls basketball coach this season. That is what precipitated Shawn’s transfer.
“My mom says I got my athleticism from her, so I would have to say she’s the best athlete in the family,” Robinson said. “She’s more of a fan but she can talk about football too.”
Robinson said playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 7 was an easy choice.
“My family will be able to come to see me for my last high school game, which is really a big deal,” he said.
Von Miller, the Most Valuable Player of the Super Bowl, is a DeSoto alumnus, and comes back often to visit, or so Robinson hears.
“He’s come down, but every time he’s come down, I’m not there,” Robinson said of the Denver Broncos’ linebacker. “It’s weird because his jersey and all that stuff is around at DeSoto, but I haven’t seen him in person.”
DeSoto won the 6A state title last season in basketball and has won state titles in boys and girls track and baseball. There’s still an empty spot in the trophy case for a state football trophy, however.
“We have so many players, it’s ridiculous,” Robinson said. “They make my job so much easier. I sure hope this is our year. If we just stay together like we’ve been doing, taking it day by day and not worrying about media and all that stuff, and just play for ourselves and our coaches, I feel like we have a good chance at doing so. We just have to stay together”
One of the possibles candidates for the now-open LSU head coaching position is TCU coach Gary Patterson. Robinson said he doesn’t think Patterson would leave, but if he did, Robinson said he would probably stay committed to the Horned Frogs. He made an official visit to Fort Worth a couple of weeks ago, but he’s made several unofficial visits to the campus.
“I’m pretty sure I would still go there, unless something else happens,” Robinson said. “Of course, I’m committed to the coach, but you have to be committed to the school too. I would love going to school there, even if I wasn’t playing football. I hope he doesn’t go.”