Notre Dame got its first wide receiver commit for the 2017 class in the form of 6'2 185 lb ISAIAH Robertson (still waiting on that other Robertson wide receiver guy). Robertson attends Neuqua Valley High School in the Chicago suburb of Naperville. The 247 Composite ranks him as the #215 overall player in the nation and the #27 wide receiver.
Robertson received his offer during his unofficial visit a couple weekends ago in South Bend. Many suspected that if he got an offer, he would immediately be on commit watch. Even before the offer he was very much suspected to end up Irish. Robertson then said he would announce in the summer, but today he decided to end the process early. It's always good to get guys on board who are truly in love with the university.
Aside from being a wide receiver, Robertson excels on the defensive side of the ball as a safety. He was named First Team All-State as a safety in 2015. In fact, the Notre Dame staff has not narrowed him down to only an offensive player, and Robertson does not have a preference of which side of the ball he plays. His versatility is an obvious asset that helped lead to an offer.
Recruiting Service Rankings
Rivals - 4 star, #169 overall, #25 WR, #3 in Illinois
247 - 4 star (91 rating), #209 overall, #26 WR, #3 in Illinois
247 Composite - 4 star (.9163), #215 overall, #27 WR, #4 in Illinois
Scout - 4 star, #299 overall, #45 WR
ESPN - Not Rated
Isaiah chose Notre Dame over offers from Penn State, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Iowa State, Syracuse, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana and others.
From the tape, it's evident that Robertson is very natural on the football field. On the offensive side of the ball, Robertson shows a great ability to adjust to the football when it's in the air. There are numerous acrobatic catches in his film, and he also displays soft hands. Although he doesn't seem to be a burner, he has great length and has the ability to be a possession receiver when he adds some muscle.
Defensively, Robertson mainly lines up as a ball-hawking free safety. He displays great instincts and does a good job of jumping routes by reading the quarterback's eyes. Robertson also served as his team's punt returner.
Since Isaiah isn't 100% penciled in for a position yet, it's hard to say when he will earn playing time. There are a plethora of young receivers in front of him, and Notre Dame will likely sign two more wide receivers in the 2017 class. Judging by the number of players at the position, there's a good chance Robertson will redshirt his freshman year unless he blows away the staff or can make an immediate impact on defense. However, because of his versatility, it's hard to imagine him not finding the field within a year or two of being on campus.
Welcome to the Irish family, Mr. Robertson!