December 18, 2010

TAPPS standout to choose between UNT, Wyoming

Sometime in January, Kevin Robertson plans to sit down with a legal pad and draw a line down the middle.

On one side he'll have North Texas, on the other Wyoming. He'll weigh his two college football scholarship offers against each other and then decide where he's going to school.

"I'll compare and contast them," said Robertson, a standout wide receiver from Houston Northland Christian who has been sitting on an offer from UNT since June. "I definitely thought I would have more than two offers. I'm not going to get down about it or anything. I'll work with what I have and be thankful that I have two."

Robertson (6-4, 215) took an unofficial visit to UNT last summer while attending a camp at TCU, which didn't produce an offer from the Horned Frogs. He had other conversations with Houston, Rice, Kansas and Oklahoma State, but things are where they stand now.

Northland Christian (8-5), located inside the Klein school district boundaries, finished the season with a 61-13 loss to Midland Christian in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools playoffs. Robertson had eight catches for 111 yards and a touchdown in his last high school game.

He finished with 68 catches for 1,490 yards and 25 touchdowns and ran for four more TDs on just five carries. He returned eight kickoffs for 115 yards and also played safety on defense with 58 tackles, an interception and four forced fumbles.

Robertson has attended Northland since first grade and grew nearly to his current height in middle school. With his ability, present size and at 4.53-second time in the 40, Robertson has gained attention that isn't the norm for private-school players in Texas.

"Once I started getting into sports, we considered [transferring to public school at Klein Forest]," he said last summer. "There are always college scouts and stuff talking to public schools. But since my freshman year, I've been getting exposure, so we never really looked more into it."

So far, Robertson likes what he sees in UNT for its location, as much of his family is in the Dallas area. He's heard good things about the sports medicine and kinesiology programs, and he's leaning in those directions for his field of study. Wyoming, though, plays in a bigger conference (Mountain West), and he sees a higher probability of early-career playing time with the Cowboys. But Laramie is no short hike, and playing in sub-freezing temperatures has very little appeal to him, he said.

"That would take some getting used to," he said. "I've never lived around snow."

UNT defensive line coach Mike Nelson has taken over much of the Mean Green's recruiting territory in the Houston area, and he stopped by NLC last Monday to touch base with Robertson and assure him his offer stood. He spoke with new head coach Dan McCarney two days prior and said "he seems like a good man just from that one phone conversation." Robertson already was well-acquainted with associate head coach Mike Canales, and they have touched base also.

"We're scheduled to take an official visit the second or third week in January, or the first week that's available for them," Robertson said, sounding like he'd mostly made a decision already. "Maybe I'll do the official and seal the deal with that."

He said he would still like to visit Wyoming but had not scheduled the trip as of earlier this week.

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