- Feature Story
- RPF Staff
- May 27, 2018 - 8:27pm
Nick Saltaformaggio might be out of his comfort zone during the 2018 football season but he likely will deal willingly with any ill pangs he may feel.
When you get a transfer who is a potential offense-changing quarterback you live with any discomfort.
Highly-touted quarterback Andrew Robison is officially enrolled at Hahnville and will play his senior season for the Tigers.
“I think on Thursday was the last day of exams (at Vandebilt) and that was the day we decided to make it final that I was going to transfer to Hahnville High School,” said Robison. “We’re really thankful for the opportunity that Vandebilt has given me over these past three years I’ve had the best three years possible with an awesome high school coach in Jeremy Atwell. I’m really excited for this my senior season at Hahnville.”
The strong-armed Robison transferred to Hahnville after the contract of his father, Drew Robison, a high school basketball head coach and football offensive coordinator, did not have his contract renewed at Vandebilt Catholic in Houma.
The younger Robison transferred to the Boutte school and his father is seeking employment.
“It was unexpected but something that we just had to work through,” said Drew Robison. “It was especially difficult for me because I was very attached to coach Atwell. I just have appreciated him not only for myself just as a coach being able to be a coordinator with him and being a part of the program, but Jeremy loves Andrew. As a dad it’s been a great coach for my son to be playing under. So it was a little bit heartbreaking at first to be honest.
“(I) got on the phone with several schools, Hahnville High School was one of the schools that I called. I got in touch with the principal (Brian Lumar) and the basketball coach (Yussef Jasmine). I’m in the process of working with coach Jasmine and I hope we can work things out for me to help him with basketball at Hahnville High School. We think this is a good fit, we like the school. Finding a place to live, which took about four straight days of driving to St. Charles Parish and figuring that thing out. Next thing you know we’ve got registration done, exams are over, and we’re kind of ready to go to work. It’s exciting and has been a whirlwind of emotion for the past few weeks.”
Robison will have some quality receivers as targets. Jha’Quan Jackson, who played quarterback last season out of necessity, returns to his natural receiver position. Jackson recently committed to Southern Methodist University as a receiver. Both players spoke for this story from the Saints headquarters in Metarie where they were taking part in the LSU/Tulane joint Football Camp.
“It’s a blessing to have Andrew as our quarterback,” said Jackson. “It’s going to help me, the team, (and) our coaching staff because it’s going to be hard this upcoming season for other teams to compete against us because they won’t have to just worry about the running game, they will have to worry about the passing game, it will open up everything.”
As a junior at Vandebilt, the younger Robison passed for more than 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns.
Those numbers are in stark contrast to that of the Tigers last season. Behind the running of Anthony “Pooka” Williams, now with the Kansas Jayhawks, Hahnville reached the Class 5A state championship contest with little to no passing game.
Although the Tigers are without Williams, Hahnville figured to still have a productive ground game with the likes of Daryle Evans, Brandon Camardelle and Jayce Myers returning.
The Tigers already have Andrew Naquin, who worked as Hahnville’s starting quarterback throughout the spring, but only will be a sophomore in the fall.
Robison has the potential to bring a whole new dimension to the Hahnville offense. His strong arm should allow the Tigers to attack defenses down the field.
Robison also will have a big target in tight end Noah Zeringue.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity first off, I really have the best parents honestly,” said Robison. “I’m so thankful for my dad and my mom and all the stuff they’ve been able to do for me. At Hahnville I’m really focused on being the best leader I can be and getting the best out of my teammates. Trying to be there for all my teammates so that we can be as good as we can be. I want to maximize our abilities as a team so that we can win a state championship this year.”
As for the recruiting trail, Robison said all the Louisiana state schools including LSU and UL-Lafayette have shown interest and have come to Houma to watch him throw. Schools he has also expressed interest in include Memphis, Purdue, Tulane, and Boise State.
The Robison’s moved to Houma from Tennessee in 2015 when the elder Robison was hired at Vandebilt.