Community Life - Cleburne, TX June/July 2020 - Page 10

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 Robinson II.” 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- Women’s Health & Wellness 10 Community Life