'I wanna to be a Florida Gator'


Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 7:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 7:36 p.m.

Miami Gulliver Prep standout cornerback Patrick Robinson is one of the top corner prospects in the state and the country this year.

The 5’11 “shutdown” corner with blazing speed is the prototype for a coverage man in the man coverage schemes that Florida plays.

“I think I fit in real good because they pretty much show a press front every play,” Robinson said.

Watching just a few minutes of his film will make it obvious why recruiters from all over the country desired a shot at landing Robinson.

But in the end, it came down to a choice between bitter rivals, the Gators and the Seminoles.

The Miami Hurricanes, though, did their best to make it even more intriguing at the end.

The Hurricanes came in with the late offer that many believed Robinson had coveted but it just wasn’t enough for Miami to win this battle.

Robinson went on the regionally aired recruiting show “Countdown to Signing Day”, which airs weekly to profile the latest in recruiting for the SEC and ACC, tonight to announce between his two finalists.

The road to trimming the list to those two was a lengthy one though that for a long time seemed to exclude the Gators and it wasn’t until a very recent push that Florida even became a serious player for his services.

To say Coach Holiday and Coach Meyer came from nowhere to steal this incredible athlete is an understatement.

Even as recently as last Friday he was hesitant about taking his official to Gainesville, but the trip proved to be a fruitful one for him. He came away seeing how good the situation with the Gators is for him and that followed up by an in-home visit from the Gator coaches on Monday sealed the deal. Robinson said what he likes most about Meyer is that he “is a straight forward guy” and “tells it like it is.”

For Florida, the addition of Robinson filled a critical need after the team lost both of its starting corners from last season (Vernell Brown to graduation and Dee Webb to early entry into the NFL draft).

Robinson, along with fellow commitments Jacques Rickerson and Markihe Anderson, will push for immediate playing time as there are only two returning players on roster that saw any kind of significant minutes at corner last year.

Avery Atkins and Reggie Lewis will have the inside edge to start early in the year, but don’t be surprised if this talented trio sees plenty of time on the field as well.

Robinson is the 28th verbal commitment to the Gators, helping further solidify the class as the number one class in the country this year.

Oral commitments are nonbinding, but this talented class of athletes will make their selection of the University of Florida official on February 1, National Signing Day. National Signing Day is the first day high school seniors can sign with their respective college choices.

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