"J.D. Woods is like an older brother," Robinson said. "He helps keep me level-headed and focused through everything."
Robinson led Palm Beach County with 950 receiving yards on 31 catches with a 30.6 yard-per-catch average last season. He knows, however, he needs to improve.
"I need to be consistent with my routes," Robinson said. "I need to be consistent with the press and off-man coverages.
"Going through the summer 7-on-7 work was good, though. It made it much easier with the regular practices."
As for Mathis, well, fans have a head start on his background. That's because he hails from Hollywood, Fla., and Miramar High, which produced Smith, Stedman Bailey and McCartney. It's a place where Smith, according to Mathis, is "treated like the president." And it's a place that demands excellence.
"Expectations come from Geno and Stedman and Ivan," Mathis said. "It makes me work harder."
Mathis, 6-2, 210 pounds, is working as an outside receiver with Bailey and redshirt freshman K.J. Myers. It's a full-time job after playing quarterback, running back and receiver for coach Damon Cogdell (a former Mountaineer player) at Miramar.
"I'm working with my size and speed here," Mathis said. "I'm trying to catch on to the defenses. In high school, there was a different defense here and there. But in college, everything is going so much faster. Different things are coming at you."
Mathis did emerge from a similar spread, hurry-up, no huddle offense. He also emerged from a school that produced Tracy Howard, a Miami, Fla., signee rated the nation's No. 1 cornerback.
"It was good and helped me get ready for college knowing he's the top corner in the country," Mathis said. "I give him a lot of praise because he's ahead of the game."
Now we'll see if Robinson, Mathis and some of the other newcomers can make their marks. "President" Smith seems satisfied, saying he wouldn't hesitate to throw to any when the season begins.
"Not at all," said the QB.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com.MitchVingle.