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stocking up on the position for the future.
Robinson, a standout on special teams
for the Golden Hurricane, could make an
instant impact for the Cowboys’ special
teams unit with his length and speed
while also challenging for playing time on
defense, and then potentially step into an
even bigger role on defense in 2021.
“I think it’s a perfect fit,” Cleburne
Head Coach Casey Walraven said. “With
their situation with their corners and contracts,
I think he’s going to have a great
opportunity there. I watched Reggie with
Zach [Smith] at Tulsa the last couple
years, and Reggie keeps getting better and
better. He hasn’t hit his peak yet. As good
as he is, he’s going to be phenomenal.
“Thankfully for all of us, he’ll be right
here in Dallas and I’m sure it’s a dream
come true for his family to be that close. I
think it’s just a really, really cool and
unique thing that everybody around here
is super proud of.”
Being drafted by Dallas makes life a
little simpler for the Robinsons, who were
regulars at nearly every home game of
Robinson’s career at Tulsa as well as numerous
road games across the country.
But now, Reginald, Celeta (mother) and
Torameshia Robinson (sister) — along
with numerous other Cleburnites — will
have just an hour-long drive to watch the
former Jacket at AT&T Stadium.
“That’s perfect,” Reginald Robinson
said. “We had talked about something like
this earlier in the draft process about him
maybe being drafted by the Cowboys, saying
how he can have a small apartment in
Frisco and he could come back and forth,
and that would be cool. … Now we can
drive to the game and come right back the
same night and it won’t be a problem.”
During ESPN’s breakdown of Robinson’s
selection to the Cowboys, ESPN
Draft guru Mel Kiper, Jr. had this to say
about the former Yellow Jacket: “We talk
about a lot of slot corners, he is not a slot
corner. This is a guy at outside when you
match him up against those bigger receivers,
he can do it. ... [He] really put it all
together this season for Tulsa. Led the
AAC in passes defensed with 17, had 13
pass break-ups and four picks.
“The physical attributes, athleticism is
there. What I liked is he played in press,
he played off, and I loved his ability to
read the quarterback. If there was a most
improved player in college football at the
cornerback spot this year, it was Reggie
Payne, who coached Robinson in high
school, said it was an emotional moment
when he found out Robinson was drafted
by the Cowboys.
“It’s like I was saying before, he needs
to go where the best fit is,” Payne said.
“The fact that now the best fit is the
Cowboys, man, it just brings it full circle.
I really don’t know what to say; it’s just
surreal. When I heard Jerry Jones talking
to him, I got choked up.
“I’ve never been a Cowboys fan before
today, but today I’m the biggest Cowboy
fan they’ll probably ever have.”
— Reginald Robinson,
father of Reggie Robinson II
“For him, I can’t imagine the journey
that their whole family has gone through.
They do stuff as a family. They’re so involved
in everything he does. I’m sure it’s
been stressful but it’s almost a dream in a
sense that it’s come true now. The fact it’s
the Cowboys, whether you’re a Cowboys
fan or not, you can’t help but love it.”
Payne said he’ll do whatever it takes to
be at Robinson’s first game, which is currently
scheduled for Aug. 6 against the
Steelers in the preseason Hall of Fame
Game in Canton, Ohio.
“I already looked up when the first
game is and I’m making plans to be there
for that, for sure,” Payne said. “It’s really
surreal and just awesome. Huge day for
Robinson, huge day for the Yellow Jack-
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