Raemond Robinson caps an impressive high school football career today when he plays in the SCADA North-South All-Star Football Game.
The senior linebacker/safety helped Goose Creek High School win the Division II-AAAA state championship last weekend, and now gets to showcase his talent in the prestigious all-star game, which kicks off at noon at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach.
But Robinson's playing days are hardly over. He plays basketball for the Gators, and don't be surprised to see him play in the North-South All-Star Game or the Clash of the Carolinas, which features the best senior players from South Carolina who battle their counterparts from North Carolina.
"That's my goal," said Robinson, who was a first-team All-Lowcountry selection in football and basketball during the 2010-11 academic year and will play basketball at The Citadel. "That's big on my list."
Robinson was a three-year starter for Chuck Reedy's football team and had a big junior season with 135 tackles, including 85 solo stops.
As a basketball player, the 6-2 guard averaged 16 points last winter to lead the Gators to a 19-8 record. He was recently listed as one of the top five seniors in the state in Class AAAA by the state coaches' association.
"I really like both sports," Robinson said. "Football was my first love when I was young, but now it's basketball. I thought about playing two sports, but I just want to focus on one."
Robinson was physical enough to play linebacker, but switched to safety when the Gators faced teams that featured a strong passing attacks. He logged 112 tackles, including 11 for a loss. He picked off five passes and returned one for a touchdown. He averaged 10 yards a punt return.
"There's no doubt that he could play football at The Citadel, as well," Reedy said. "He's very, very athletic."
Focus is the key word for Robinson when he reaches the next level. He selected the Citadel so he could focus on academics and basketball.
"I want to focus on getting settled in and getting my school work done," he said. "Everything else I do will be basketball related. There aren't too many distractions there."
Robinson said it seems like it was just yesterday that he was a freshman.
"Now, it's about over," he said. "It's kind of a shock that I won't be playing football. But I want to go out on a positive note. There are some guys up here who love to compete and it's been a great week. It takes a lot of work to get 44 players and turn them into a team in just one week."
--Stratford offensive lineman Braxton Childs will play for the South team in place of Summerville's Jarrid Govia, who was injured in the Green Wave's playoff game. He is one of two Knights who will play in today's game. The other is Eric Dickerson.
Locals players for the 63rd North-South All-Star Game:
QB Danny Croghan Bishop England; WR Devron Glenn Fort Dorchester; WR Seamus McKinney Ashley Ridge; K Kyle Clark Beaufort; RB Anthony Enos Cane Bay; LB Shane Britt Woodland; LB Hunter Shepherd Berkeley; DB Devin Brown James Island; DB Lee Mayes Timberland; LB Raemond Robinson Goose Creek; C Michael Sulka Bluffton; DL James Middleton Timberland; DL Eric Hilton West Ashley; DL Steven Sawyer Berkeley; DL Lee Cromedy Georgetown; G Matt Steffensen Goose Creek; TE Eric Mikel Dickerson, Stratford; G Braxton Childs, Stratford; T Tyler Stasky Wando