Wednesday, December 12, 2012
UF adds four-star WR Demarcus Robinson
By Derek Tyson
GAINESVILLE, Fla -- ESPN 300 wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (Fort Valley, Ga./Peach Co.) has switched his verbal commitment from Clemson to Florida. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound four-star athlete becomes the fifth pass-catcher to pledge to the Gators.
Robinson, who's the No. 157-ranked player in the country, said he just felt more comfortable with the Gators, who had an in-home visit on Wednesday.
2013 WR Demarcus Robinson is the No. 157 overall prospect in the ESPN 300. He's rated the 14th best in the nation at his position.
"I just feel at home at Florida," Robinson said. "I was talking to Coach [Will] Muschamp the other day and he really just reopened my eyes. So did coach [Joker] Phillips. They are both great guys. Coach Phillips is a great guy, he has produced a lot of athletes under him."
Peach County coach Chad Campbell said Robinson changed his mind recently.
"Florida coaches were just in his house and he told them he was committing to them, that is about all I can say. Yesterday it was Clemson and today it is Florida," Campbell said. "He felt over the last week or so that he wants to go to Florida. Over that time he has decided his heart is with them and he wants to play in the SEC. They met with him earlier and he made his commitment to them."
Florida has four other wideout commits, but Robinson said the competition doesn't bother him.
"No, not really, it doesn't bother me," Robinson said. "They just told me to come in and work hard and I'll have a chance to get on the field early."
Robinson will be the only one of Florida's wide receiver commits to enroll early at UF.
With the commitment of Robinson, the Gators now have 25 verbal commitments including 15 in the ESPN 300 and 10 in the ESPN 150. Robinson joins Ahmad Fulwood (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny), Alvin Bailey (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), Marqui Hawkins (Columbus, Ga./Carver) and Chris Thompson (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) as other Florida WR commitments.
Robinson is set to have an in-home visit with the Florida coaches on Wednesday evening and he will take his official visit to Florida over the weekend.