Florida flips receiver commit from Clemson
Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 6:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 6:19 p.m.
Florida's recruiting momentum kept rolling Wednesday as receiver Demarcus Robinson changed his verbal commitment from Clemson to the Gators.
The Army All-American made the switch during an in-home visit from UF coach Will Muschamp, running backs coach Brian White and new receivers coach Joker Phillips.
“I have a chance to play as a freshman and I want to play in the SEC, so I'm a Gator now,” said Robinson, who is from Peach County in Fort Valley, Ga., the same school that produced former Florida star receiver Jacquez Green.
UF had been the early favorite for Robinson until he pledged to the Tigers during an unofficial visit to Clemson on July 20. He planned to attend two games in The Swamp this fall, but his ride fell through both times.
Following his Nov. 9 official visit to Clemson, Robinson claimed his recruitment was over. But Muschamp and company continued to pursue the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, and their efforts finally paid off Wednesday.
“They've recruited me harder than anyone else,” Robinson said. “I was impressed with the season they had, and I can tell they really need me next year.”
Robinson officially visits UF this weekend and will be one of nine early enrollees in January. Rivals.com ranks the consensus four-star receiver No. 5 at his position and 48th overall.
Florida's 2013 class now has 25 members and five wideouts in Robinson, Alvin Bailey (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), Ahmad Fulwood (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny), Marqui Hawkins (Columbus, Ga./Carver) and Chris Thompson (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville). Verbal commitments are not binding until prospects sign their national letters of intent Feb. 6.