Robinson discusses decision to commit to Colorado

Three-star safety Ray Robinson of Highlands Ranch, Colo., became the first member of Colorado's 2018 recruiting class on Sunday...

For Ray Robinson, the wait was unnecessary.

The three-star safety from Highlands Ranch, Colo., didn't feel the need to continue dragging out a recruiting process he knew would end with the same result, so he committed to Colorado on Sunday and essentially made a decision that had been in the works since the moment he added the scholarship offer.

"I've visited there and I love the feel of everything. I like the coaches a lot and that played a role in it," Robinson told "I've also talked to a lot of the 2017 commits -- we're in a group message together -- and they've all been super welcoming. I pretty much already feel like we're already teammates.

"I've grown up in Boulder. We've got a lot of family history there and have some family that lives close. They're all die-hard Buffs fans. My mom's dad actually played baseball up there. Plus, staying in state for me is nice. I know some people like to get out, but I'm looking forward to staying close to family and having them get to all my games."

The Buffaloes have built some momentum with their 2017 class, capitalizing on the improvement they've shown on the field this season. And the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Robinson said that certainly played a role in his thinking.

"They've been saying the rise is real and a lot of people didn't believe it, but it's definitely true," Robinson said. "It's starting this year and then next year, with that very good 2017 class they've got coming in, we can also get a good 2018 class started, too. We can have some success up there for sure.

"I was thinking if I decide early, it could motivate some guys to hop on board and start building it all up. ... I've talked to Adrian Jackson, the big-time recruit from Mullen, a couple times here and there. Valor Christian also has a quarterback, Blake Stenstrom, that has an offer from CU. I'll have to start pointing them in the right direction."

On film, Robinson shows good instincts in deciphering plays and the knack for creeping into the box in run support to get to ball carriers. He looks very comfortable in pursuit and breaks toward the football quickly while in coverage. That versatility has been an intriguing trait for coach Mike MacIntyre and Co.

"They've told me that, depending on how I grow the next two years, I could either play safety or linebacker, maybe fit in at a rover position," Robinson said. "I'm done. Coach MacIntyre told me if I wanted to commit, that it would have to be the final decision and I'm content with my choice. I'm set."

Robinson also held offers from Air Force, Brown and Colorado State at the time of his commitment.

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