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Robinson chasing his high ceiling

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PHOTO (News & Observer): Southeast Raleigh lineman Chase Robinson stops a Wake Forest running back.

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RALEIGH — The first hurdles Chase Robinson faced to play football were mysterious seizures suffered as a sixth- and seventh-grader. The doctors never did come up with a conclusive diagnosis before the condition cleared up.

Then, upon being medically cleared to play football as an eighth-grader for a local youth team, he suffered torn knee ligaments in his first game. His season was over before it really started.

Next, he missed his freshman year at Southeast Raleigh High in the fall of 2020 when the COVID pandemic shut down high school sports. When sports resumed, he also didn’t play the abbreviated football schedule representing the fall of 2020 that took place in the spring of 2021.

By the fall of 2021, Robinson’s sophomore year, he was finally on the field. But not until he overcame the final hurdle — perhaps the most challenging.

“I did not want him to play high school football,” said his mother, Miriam Robinson.

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Previous weekly features this season:

— September 1, Southern Durham’s Isaiah Campbell, 30-plus offers.

— August 25, Rolesville’s Isiah Jones, committed to NC State

— August 18, Millbrook’s Mason Fortune, underrated prospect.


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