Penn State was Curtis Robison’s dream school, so it was a bit of a dream come true when the Northern York outfielder announced he had verbally committed to the Nittany Lions on Wednesday night.
The senior outfielder has grown up in a Penn State household. His family has cheered for Penn State athletic teams since they were young, and naturally that was passed along to Robison.
“It’s a school that I’ve loved ever since I can remember,” he said.
Robison made the trip to State College two weeks ago and said it just felt right as he was walking around the campus. Last week Robison was back at the school meeting with Nittany Lions head baseball coach Rob Cooper.
“He was great,” Robison said. “Just all (the coaches') mentalities and, obviously, it’s Penn State. You get a great college experience and a great education. That’s pretty much what went into choosing Penn State. It felt right.”
Robison, who turns 18 this weekend, is coming off a standout season for the Polar Bears. He batted .481 — third-best on the team — and led Northern York in runs (23), hits (26), doubles (8) and RBIs (22).
Robison was also selected to play in the Big 26 Baseball Classic.
In addition to baseball, Robison has put together a strong resume on the gridiron, quarterbacking the Northern York football team. Last season he eventually earned the starting job, and he threw for 777 yards and 12 touchdowns. He rushed for 474 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Robison had 70 tackles as a linebacker.
Robison explored the idea of playing football in college, but ultimately he felt that baseball was a better fit.
“Football is a passion. A sport that I love, but in the end Penn State wanted me to play baseball,” Robison said.
With a future awaiting him next fall in State College, Robison is looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead for him.
“I think it’s a place that I can reach my full potential, and I’m really anxious to work with the coaches to reach my full potential,” Robison said. “I want to be the best baseball player I can possibly be, and not only a baseball player. I think all the coaches up there are coaches that can help me grow as a person also.”
He added, “Just go there and work hard. Show the coaches what I can do and work hard in the classroom.”