Thursday, December 13, 2012
WR Robinson can play early at UF
By Derek Tyson
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel might be the happiest guy on campus. Not just because of his sudden success this season, but because the Gators are bringing in a plethora of talent for him at wide receiver.
After Florida's leading wide receiver, sophomore Quinton Dunbar, totaled just 306 yards and four touchdowns this year, Florida coach Will Muschamp made it a priority to sign several playmakers at the position.
That's exactly what he did. When four-star and ESPN 300 wideout Demarcus Robinson (Fort Valley, Ga./Peach Co.) verbally committed to the Gators on Wednesday, it capped off what could be one of the top wide receiver classes Florida has signed in a long time.
At 6-foot-2, 200-pounds, Robinson has the size and athleticism that will allow him to compete for playing time early. The fact that Robinson is the only one of Florida's five WR commits slated to enroll early gives the U.S. Army All-American a chance to earn a starting spot.
Besides Dunbar, Andre Debose stands second among returning receivers with two receptions for 11 yards. Florida needs production and needs it now.
Throw in Ahmad Fulwood (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny), a size mismatch for most defensive backs, do-it-all athlete Alvin Bailey (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), physical playmaker Marqui Hawkins (Columbus, Ga./Carver) and speedster Chris Thompson (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville), and Florida has significantly upgraded the position.
An ESPN scout says Robinson has the ability to stretch the field, among other things: "Robinson is another well-rounded, big target in this year's class. He's well-built, strong and sturdy. He possesses good strength, more than adequate height and is an imposing figure with the frame to fill out even more. He displays very good speed given his measurables and is capable of stretching the field. Explodes off the line with good surge, has quick feet, gets into routes and can reach top speed quickly given his size."
The Gators appear to be done recruiting the position, unless, for some reason Laquon Treadwell wants into the class.