SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Practice for the 2006 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas begins this week putting the…
Catching Up With Travian Robertson
Robertson, who measures in at a solid 6'4 and 230 pounds, talked about his trip to Columbia.
"It went good," said Robertson. "I met a couple of new people, we took a campus tour, we watched the Clemson - South Carolina basketball game, and watched a couple of the State Championship games while we were down there."
Robertson had the opportunity to talk with several of the USC coaches while on campus, and one of the topics of discussion was the possibility for early playing time.
"Basically I talked to all the coaches. They're just telling me to come in the spring and work hard, and I can make a difference. I'm just planning on coming in during the spring to develop and learn the plays, and I'll fit right in with them."
The Tar Heel State standout confirmed that he will be graduating early and enrolling at South Carolina in time to take part in spring practice.
"At my high school, we get out in January. We take our exams in January, so I leave in January."
Robertson, who will be participating in the Shrine Bowl later this month, enjoyed talking some smack with fellow prospects Brian Maddox and Mark Barnes over the weekend, who he will be playing against on the South Carolina squad.
"We were talking junk with the players from South Carolina over the weekend. I'm just looking forward to everything at the Shrine Bowl. This is my first kind of experience like this, so I'm looking forward to playing against people I'll be playing with in the next year or so. It's going to be crazy."
Robertson will be joined by new USC commitment Melvin Ingram on the NC Shrine Bowl team, but that will mark the first time they've been on the same side, as Scotland and Richmond Senior are rival high schools.
"Yeah, we played them. That was a big rivalry game for us. Melvin will fit in real good (at USC) though. He's an athlete. He plays receiver. He plays tailback. He can kick, he punts. He's just an athlete. He actually beat us by himself. He made a few big plays for them."
With the commitment from Ingram over the weekend, the Gamecocks now have five commitments from the state of North Carolina in this class, and Robertson said that it's good to have the Tar Heel State well represented in this class.
"There's a lot of people from Florida coming and a lot of people from South Carolina, so we had to get a little North Carolina in there."
Lastly, Robertson shared how he and teammate Byron McKnight, who is also committed to USC, performed during their senior season.
"As a team, we went 9-4. Byron (McKnight) got defensive lineman of the year, and I got defensive end of the year. I had 7 ½ sacks, 74 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, and 4 forced fumbles. Byron beat me, he had more tackles than I did."
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