Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Robinson to make final choice on Saturday
By William Wilkerson
SAN ANTONIO - - It looks like the curious case of ESPN 300 wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (Fort Valley, Ga./Peach County) will conclude with an announcement at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday.
Whether that decision ends up being the school he enrolls in remains to be seen. After all, Robinson has a history of changing his mind.
The two schools vying for his commitment are Florida and Clemson, two programs he has already been verbally committed to.
Robinson committed to Florida on Dec. 12 after previously committing to Clemson. But the Tigers didn’t back off in their pursuit and it paid off when he announced his verbal pledge with Clemson on Dec. 17.
However, he’s since backed away from that commitment to allow for his decision on national television.
“It’s about 50-50 right now,” Robinson said.
What makes this situation even trickier is that Robinson is set to enroll early wherever he decides, which means he won’t have much time at all to get things in order for the spring semester.
With Florida, Robinson loves the fact that the Gators play in the SEC.
“I like Florida in the SEC and the coaches over there,” he said. “I don’t know. It’s just Florida, the SEC and great competition. I want to play against the best.”
He has similar feelings for Clemson.
“It’s the ACC and they have one of the top offenses in the nation,” he said.
Robinson was reminded of how big a role receivers play in Clemson’s offense with their come-from-behind victory over LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Monday.
“The coaches put a lot of time into the way their receivers run their routes,” Robinson said. “When I was there over the summer they spent a lot of time with me and told me how I would fit in with the offense.”
Robinson said his reasoning for being so topsy-turvy is because he doesn’t want to hurt the feelings of the coaches he’s gotten close with on both staffs.
“I don’t want to hurt the other one, but I have to make the best decision for me,” he said.
Robinson isn’t really sure what is going to change between now and Saturday to help him with his decision, but he’ll be ready.
“Just some long, hard thinking to myself,” he said. “I am not ready to decide yet, but I might as well get ready.”