Recruit surprises UF with his choice


Published: Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 11:35 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 11:35 a.m.
Florida scored a recruiting victory over arch-rival Florida State on Wednesday night, gaining an oral commitment from Miami Gulliver Prep cornerback Patrick Robinson.
Robinson, who reportedly runs a 4.42 40-yard dash, made his announcement on the TV show "Countdown to Signing Day." With hats from UF and FSU in front of him, Robinson picked up the Gator had and slid it on his head, saying, "I'm going to be a Florida Gator."
The 5-foot-11, 179-pound Robinson is a four-star recruit on Rivals.com and Scout.com and is rated the No. 16 cornerback prospect in the nation by Rivals.com. He is the Gators' 28th oral commitment, with signing day less than a week away.
"I picked the Gators because I think they have a little edge over Florida State," Robinson said. "I wouldn't mind going to Florida State. But the Gators, I feel they're coming up. They're making a rise with their program."
Robinson visited FSU two weeks ago and appeared close to committing. Not only did he grow up an FSU fan, two of his teammates - safety Anthony Leon and offensive lineman Evan Bellamy - have already committed to the Seminoles.
But Robinson took an official visit to UF last weekend and committed to head coach Urban Meyer, whose second Florida recruiting class ranks No. 1 in the nation.
"He's a straightforward guy," Robinson said of Meyer. "He tells it like it is. That's the type of coach I like."
Cornerback is a major recruiting need for the Gators, who now have commitments from three.
"I think I fit in real good because they pretty much show a press front (man coverage) every play even though it's not," Robinson said. "I'm the type of guy that likes to press (in man-to-man coverage)."
In other news, contrary to a Los Angeles newspaper report, Union County running back C.J. Spiller has not committed to Southern Cal. Spiller, visited by Meyer on Tuesday night, is still deciding among UF, FSU, USC, Miami and Clemson.

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