ORLANDO — James Robinson’s recruitment has become less fuzzy heading into the home stretch.
Speaking at the Under Armour All-American Media Day, the four-star wide receiver from Lakeland has his final three official visits set up for January before he announces his decision on National Signing Day.
“I got Florida first on the 13th to the 15th,” Robinson said. “Alabama on the 20th to the 22nd and then Ole Miss on (Jan. 27 to 29th.)”
Robinson’s visit to Gainesville continues Florida’s up and down recruitment of the 6-foot-4 wide receiver.
After initially leading for Robinson, the Gators seemingly cooled on Robinson to pursue other wide receivers.
While he’s still heavily interested in becoming a Gator, Robinson admits Florida’s hesitance has made him reassess his options.
“Yeah, I think so,” Robinson said, when asked if the Gators pushing back made him cool on the program.
“It’s like a girl not texting you for a while. When you start something, you can’t just stop in the middle of it. You’ve got to finish it, don’t you?”
— Andrew Spivey (@AndrewSpiveyGC) December 28, 2016
Understandably, Robinson seemed put off by Florida openly placing him lower than several other deep-threat prospects on their list.
“Yeah, they picked up a lot with me. If not every day, (it’s) five times a day, it’s every other day,” Robinson said. “Just really (been) trying to build a relationship and make me feel like a priority and family.”
“Really just what it was, they were saying they were going after three other guys. Jerry Jeudy, (Donovan) Peoples-Jones and there was one other I can’t remember.”
But despite the perceived disrespect, the Gators may have an advantage when it comes to signing Robinson.
“My parents love them, my grandparents love them,” Robinson said. “It’s really just up to me.
“If it was their choice, they would pick Florida.”
While Robinson indicated the Gators are the team to beat to several reporters, he affirmed the official visits will clear things up.
And right now, having made an official visit to see the Oklahoma Sooners, the Norman-based program appears to have Robinson’s attention.
“It was my first and I think it might be one of the best ones. I mean, it’s an official, but at the same time it was a visit for me,” Robinson said. “They treated me like family, all the players like I was one of their brothers already.”
“I would say (Oklahoma leads) because of the only official. But you never know, I’ve got these other three coming up.”
— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) December 28, 2016
Yet he may be considering more programs than he let on.
Robinson holds an offer from Clemson, and it’s believed the wide receiver has significant interest in becoming a Tiger if the class has a spot for him.
The Gators, however, have been sending Robinson a much more positive message.
“I can come in and start, play on the outside, because they don’t have anyone my size,” Robinson said, when asked what Florida’s pitch has been.
“It’s like five coaches on the coaching staff (recruiting me). You’ve got coach Dixon, (Drew) Hughes, coach Gray, coach Mac. You’ve got a lot of them.”
In two weeks, Robinson will see the amenities the program has to offer. And while he’s looking forward to seeing all the facilities have to offer, Robinson said his final decision will come down to family.
“I’m big on family. My family’s big on family,” Robinson said. “They want to know I’m safe, I’m home.”