Early Impact: Demarcus Robinson

There's little doubt that the Florida Gators are looking for a more from their passing game. With a quarterback returning in 2013 that showed promise and ability, the next move is to step it up at the receiver position, especially in terms of play makers. The Gators got a real bump in that department in the first week in January when Demarcus Robinson committed to Florida and is already on campus.

At 6-3, and almost 200 pounds, Demarcus Robinson isn't a jitterbug of a receiver, nevertheless he is a play maker because of his combination of strength, speed, and great hands. A guy that can go deep or catch the ball over the middle and one that is and will make the spectacular catch hit the ground and has the ability to take it the distance.

All of these are a recipe that Florida is in much need of and was searching for in this recruiting class. Robinson is already on campus and able to learn the offense this spring, which gives him that much of an advantage.

FOX Sports NEXT national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons also points out that Robinson is an unselfish player and would be an important cog in an offense that wants to be able to run as well.

"What stands out as much as anything when you watch tape on Robinson is his willingness to bloc," Simmons wrote shortly after he committed to Florida. "He actually likes to block down field for his teammates and he likes to play a physical brand of football.

"He brings a lot more to the table than just blocking though. He has very strong hands, he catches the ball well away from his body, and he's as sure-handed as any wide receiver in the south.

On top of his blocking skills and his hands, he runs precise routes, he sinks his hips coming out of his breaks, and he is quick out of his cuts. He is a long strider, so he is more sneaky-fast than a blazer on the field. He covers a lot of ground when running on the football field and he is a legitimate vertical threat."

Before committing to the Gators and showing up in Gainesville, Robinson spent a week in San Antonio, Texas at the Army All-American Bowl competing against the best players in the country and absolutely holding his own.

National analyst Jamie Newberg was on hand in San Antonio and had this to say at the conclusion of all of the practice sessions.

"You can make a strong case that Robinson has been the top performer for the East offensive squad thus far," Newberg wrote. "This 6-foot-3 and 200-pound four-star receiver has terrific size and good speed. He has consistently caught everything thrown his way. He runs good routes and knows how to use his body. He can get in and out of breaks. Robinson can work the sidelines or the middle of the field very well."

The Gators have recruited well this cycle and were in a much needed infusion of skill talent on offense. Robinson is a big part of that infusion and should play right away.


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