LOUISVILLE, Ky.- Sam Robey's athletic bloodlines, success in a high school program with a winning tradition and versatility should help him with regards to recruiting.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder is the son of former University of Kentucky basketball standout Rick Robey. Rick Robey has his number 53 retired at UK. He was an All-American center for the Wildcats and played in the NBA with the Boston Celtics.
The elder Robey was a member of the 1978 National Championship team at Kentucky and also won the 1981 NBA title with the Celtics.
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Given his dad's strong ties to UK, the Wildcats naturally are in the picture for the younger Robey, a Class of 2008 standout from Louisville's Trinity High, for services.
"Of course I love Kentucky," Sam Robey said. "We'll just see how it goes. I wouldn't say that gives them an edge. I want to go to a school that will help me reach my highest potential."
The Wildcats, Louisville, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tennessee are all programs that Robey has an interest in.
There are even some connections with the hometown Cardinals.
Robey was friends with Nick Petrino, the son of former University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino, who left following the season to coach the Atlanta Falcons. Rick Robey has friends in the Cardinals' athletic department as well.
"I've met (new Louisville head coach) Steve Kragthorpe," Sam Robey said. "He's a nice guy. He's very personable."
His high school also produced U of L quarterback Brian Brohm, who could be a Heisman Trophy candidate this fall.
"I was in eighth grade when he was in his senior year," Robey said.
Robey plans to camp at Notre Dame, Ohio State and Louisville this summer.
One look at Sam and you can tell that his current position, offensive tackle, won't be where he ends up on the collegiate level.
"I would have to gain a lot of weight to play tackle in college," Robey said. "I think I project as a tight end. I have pretty quick feet and am tall and quicker than most I match up against."
Robey also plays basketball for his high school team. The athleticism he shows in that sport should help him make an easy transition to tight end in college.
Robey and his Trinity teammates will be gunning for their third straight state championship next season.