WR Demarcus Robinson flips to Florida Gators

By Adam Silverstein
December 12, 2012

The Florida Gators’ impressive recruiting haul added another huge piece Wednesday when four-star wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (Fort Valley, GA) decided to rescind his soft verbal pledge to Clemson and commit to join Florida’s 2013 class.

Robinson is the third pass catcher listed at 6’2” or taller and the fifth overall wide receiver to make a pledge for the Gators this cycle. The Rivals100 and ESPN 300 receiver is a big target with plenty of strength and more than enough speed to succeed in the Southeastern Conference.

Arguably Florida’s most important commitment since head coach Will Muschamp took over, Robinson is a top talent at a major position of need for the Gators. UF’s leading returning receiver, redshirt sophomore Quinton Dunbar, reeled in 31 receptions for 306 yards and four touchdowns during the 2012 season.

Ranked as the No. 48 overall prospect nationally by Rivals, Robinson is the highest-rated receiver to commit to Florida since Andre Debose (No. 21) in 2009. He is listed as the 157th best player in the country by ESPN.

Robinson’s flip from Clemson was most certainly fueled, in part, by UF’s hiring of new wide receivers coach Joker Phillips, who along with Muschamp and running backs coach Brian White paid the prized recruit a visit in his home on Wednesday. He will visit Florida this upcoming weekend and plans to enroll early.

The Gators have added four new commitments over the last four days but also lost one long-time commit on Monday. Florida now has 25 total pledges including 24 that count as members of its 2013 recruiting class.

Robinson joins four-stars Ahmad Fulwood (Jacksonville, FL) and Alvin Bailey (Seffner, FL) and three-stars Marqui Hawkins (Columbus, GA) and Chris Thompson (Gainesville, FL) as wide receivers in the class.

His decision was first reported by Gator Country’s Andrew Spivey.


  1. g8ter27 says:

    Let me be the first to say to DeMarcus that i am ashamed that he has gone back on his word with the Tigers and that he must be afraid of the competition there! Ha ha not really, I love it! This group of receivers could and should be something special.

    • scooterp says:

      That was classic! Why is it that every numb nut UF fan thinks its the competition?…… the guy wants to look around so they tag the kid with the “he’s scared” card. Even if it was the depth chart that pushed him away – who cares!!!…… When you look for another job do you go to the one that has the most opportunity and room for growth or the one that is completely log-jamed with middle management, because you like the competition?

  2. Alex says:

    Joker Phillips was a great addition to the staff, even if he just springboards to another job after next season.

    • Tractorr says:

      There is also the possibility that Pease will jump and Joker will be the next OC.

      • Alex says:

        It certainly wouldn’t make me sad to have an experienced “OC-in-waiting.” Minimizing transition for the offense during a coaching turnover could be huge down the road.

      • Ken (CA) says:

        Not sure why everyone thinks Pease will jump ship so quickly. Don’t even know if he has head coaching aspirations, not all assistants want that hassle. And it isn’t like the offense was so stellar this year that he proved a whole lot. In fact, he made some brilliant play calls but made some real head-scratchers, too, and I think more of the latter. Not that I don’t think he is a great OC, but whether the personnel or Muschamp are forcing him to be super conservative, he didn’t really prove a whole lot in his freshman season in the SEC.

  3. SJ210 says:

    This is great news. Wasn’t Quezzie Green from Fort Valley, GA?

  4. Walt P says:

    Lets go Will and co. If all the guys sign and not decommit it will be great. With the talent we already have it will be nice. Can’t wait to see Jones and Taylor in the backfield.

    • DRU2012 says:

      Great pick-up–JUST what we’ve been looking for. Saw his “reel” before and it IS impressive, fun and encouraging/promising, but when you consider who “the last one like this” noted was, ie. DEBOSE, you remember why you never know WHAT you’re getting–and until NSD, IF you’re really GETTING him ANYWAY: That’s how we GOT in this hole at WR in the first place!

      • DRU2012 says:

        …Oh yeah–and don’t forget about Lane, TOO, and Joyer aready…might see at least ONE of these guys red-shirted too, this “embarrassment of riches” may be seen as better spread out a bit now…Overall, we ARE about to begin developing that KILLER “O” to go with the SHUT D)WN “D” we unveiled THIS year…From Muschamp on down we can trust this staff to know what to do with them, too: Let’s get to NSD and take care of BIZ…THEN I can’t wait for spring, when we begin to make good on the promise that was the season of 2012.

  5. kb_gators says:

    Watching the YouTube, he punts the ball too!

  6. gatorbait says:

    pretty sure it wasn’t Spivey that broke the news

  7. VO2max says:

    How does my a@& taste Agholor?

  8. Jesse says:

    Hell yes!

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