Tyree and Tyrell Robinson, Dual-Sport Dynamos

Tyrell and Tyree Robinson with their Mother, following their visit during the Arizona game in 2012.

Tyrell and Tyree Robinson with their mother, following their visit at the Arizona game in 2012.

Don’t bother telling Tyree and Tyrell Robinson that it’s a formidable task to play two sports in college (especially football and basketball).  These twins from San Diego’s Lincoln High School are up for the challenge.  ”We’re trying to be great in both sports,” says Tyrell.  ”It’s a really good feeling.  We like the pressure.  We like to compete at all times in both sports, so we’re ready for the challenge.”

Tyrell’s a consensus top-10 linebacker nationally, and at 6’4″ and 200+lbs (and bulking) he brings to mind former Duck Kiko Alonso (second-round pick of the Buffalo Bills).  Athletic enough to play both receiver and linebacker in high school, Tyrell fits the mold that Nick Aliotti loves from his ‘backers.  Expect Tyrell to redshirt in 2013 (though special teams are a possibility for both brothers), and don’t be surprised if coaches attempt to sway his focus from basketball so he can fulfill his potential as a linebacker.  Tyrell has legitimate NFL potential, whereas Tyree’s basketball prowess clouds his crystal ball for the time being.
Tyree’s labeled as an “athlete” for football recruiting purposes, but most project him as a wide receiver.  He carries about 15 lbs. less than Tyrell on his 6’4″ frame, and is a much more fluid, dynamic athlete, though lacking Tyrell’s strength.  Also ranked as the 25th overall shooting guard nationally by Scout.com, Tyrell could be a standout in both sports if he’s able to grapple successfully with the physical and mental demands that come with being a two-sport athlete.  Whichever way the ball bounces, Duck fans are certainly in for a show.

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