Florida’s home run hit with Demarcus Robinson turned out to be a foul ball.
Robinson’s recruitment is certainly a head scratcher, but the latest chapter makes some sense. Chad Campbell, high school at Peach County, revealed Friday that Robinson was “50-50” after meeting with Clemson coaches the day after his flip to Florida.
And based on Campbell’s comments in this article, it’s pretty obvious where he wants Robinson to go. The two met Sunday night to evaluate both schools. When he switched his commitment back to the Tigers, Campbell wrote “He is going to Clemson!!” in a text message to ESPN.
Robinson’s mother, Alexis, also wasn’t the biggest fan of the Gators. She was openly supportive of his decision on her Facebook account, but privately she preferred Clemson and Notre Dame over UF and that played a factor.
When you consider those two influences along with Robinson’s displeasure with Florida’s passing game and his relationship with Dabo Swinney’s staff, it’s not surprising this happened. Robinson may or may not have been convinced to go to Clemson by his inner circle, but he definitely wasn’t encouraged to stick with Florida.
So who does UF turn to now for its fifth receiver? The Gators will continue to fight for Robinson, but with the Dead Period now in effect until Jan. 3, it won’t be easy to change his mind before he enrolls early.
Some names to watch moving forward are James Clark (New Smyrna Beach), James Quick (Louisville, Ky./Trinity), Marquez North (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek), Tony Stevens (Orlando Evans) and Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete Monee). The latter four appear to be long shots at this point, while Clark might commit on the spot if he gets offered. If the Florida coaches can’t get Robinson back in the fold, they will turn up the heat on these targets and others in January.