Monday, January 7, 2013
Robinson can boost UF immediately
By Derek Tyson
The commitment of Demarcus Robinson (Fort Valley, Ga./Peach County) on Monday is huge for the Gators. At 6-foot-2, 200-pounds, Robinson has the size and athleticism that will allow him to compete for playing time early.
Robinson is the only one of Florida's five WR commits slated to enroll early. If he follows through with his plan, the U.S. Army All-American has a chance to earn a starting spot early in his career.
Quinton Dunbar led all Florida receivers with just 306 receiving yards. After Dunbar, Andre Debose stands second among returning receivers with two receptions for 11 yards. Florida needs production from its wideouts 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 is significantly upgrading 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."