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Visits key for Clemson pledge Robinson

10/16/2012



Just as his uncle Marcus Robinson did before emerging as a playmaker at South Carolina and the NFL, Demarcus Robinson (Fort Valley, Ga./Peach County) is enjoying a standout senior season at wide reciever. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound wideout has 25 catches for 521 yards and eight touchdowns as well as six rushes for 20 yards and a touchdown in six wins so far for the AAA state runner-up Trojans.

The ESPN 300 prospect has been committed to Clemson since July 20. The Tigers gained a commitment from Robinson by developing a strong bond between the high school senior and the coaching staff.

“I love the coaches at Clemson and how it is a family up there,” Robinson said. “Coach [Robbie] Caldwell, Coach [Jeff] Scott and Coach [Dabo] Swinney talk to me all of the time, and they make me feel like I am part of the team already. I cannot say enough about the coaching staff there.”

Two things that stand out two Robinson about the offense are the production at wide receiver and the opportunity that exists upon his arrival.

“Looking at their offense, Deandre Hopkins is No. 2 in the nation in receiving yards right now, and Sammy Watkins is a good wide receiver as well,” Robinson said. “Those guys will be leaving soon, so I should be pretty needed once I get up there.”

As is often the case, his commitment has not kept other programs from trying to get him on campus to potentially reel him away from the Tigers.

One of those schools is Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are enjoying a resurgence in 2012, presently undefeated at 6-0 and ranked No. 5 in the BCS.

“I talk to Scott Booker from Notre Dame like every two or three weeks,” Robinson said. “They are trying to get me up there on an official, so I plan to get up there and see how it is.”

The four-star recruit is also being targeted by the Florida Gators, who are also undefeated at 6-0 and ranked No. 2 in the initial BCS rankings.

“Coach [Brian] White is recruiting me to Florida, and Coach [Will] Muschamp calls me sometimes to try and get me to come down for a game,” Robinson said. “The atmosphere at Florida is so hyped up. I am definitely going to give them an official visit. I really like the Gators.”

Although he is mainly focused on those three programs, Robinson did not leave out the possibility of a fourth official to the West Coast. Only one trip is locked in at the moment, however.

“I plan to take official visits to Florida and Notre Dame, and I would like to take an official to Oregon as well,” Robinson said. “I set an official to Clemson Nov. 9 for the game against Maryland.”

Although he is looking forward to checking out several schools, one thing Robinson wants to avoid is losing what he already has, which is a spot at Clemson.

“I hope if I do take officials that it does not mess anything up with Clemson,” Robinson said. “I talked to them about taking visits and they did not really say it was fine, but at the end of the day, they know they are on top right now so they do not mind so much.”

With plans to graduate in December and enroll early, the clock is ticking. He says anything could happen over the next two and a half months.

“Anyone has a shot at me,” Robinson said. “I am only verbally committed, so these visits will be key for me as I look to see where I fit in best for my final decision.”