RECRUITING: It's A Two-Team Race For Robinson

Patrick Robinson knows all about the Florida Gators and their depth chart. When he sees that Vernell Brown is a graduating senior and Dee Webb off to the NFL, the 5-11, 192-pounder thinks potential playing time. Playing time is important for the four-star cornerback from Miami's Gulliver Prep but it's what is going on at Florida and the people he's met there that have him excited.

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"I think really highly of the Gators," Robinson said. "They are doing a real good job of recruiting me. I have been following them for a while and everything is going well with them."

There is no shortage of friends in Gainesville and he's a long time admirer of Coach John "Doc" Holliday, the Gators' recruiter for South Florida who has built a great reputation with recruits over the years when he was on the staffs at West Virginia and North Carolina State.

"I know Dorian Munroe, Simon Codrington, and Javier Estopinan and I am good friends with all the guys at Florida," said Robinson, who has turned in 40 times below 4.4. "Doc Holliday is recruiting me for the Gators. He is a nice guy and a really good recruiter."

To land Robinson in the Florida recruiting class of 2006, the Gators will have to win a battle with Florida State which already has two commitments from Gulliver Prep --- center Evan Bellamy and safety Anthony Leon. Robinson will visit Florida State Friday, a week before he trips to Gainesville.

"I think highly of Florida State, they are a good program and a good team," he said. "Two of my high school teammates are committed there but that won't influence my decision. I also know J.R. Bryant there."

Even with Robinson's very busy schedule he says he's doing very well with his school work. The busy schedule included a trip to California to play with the Florida All-Stars in the CaliFlorida Bowl. He made a lot of friends on a Florida team that had a huge Gator lean to it.

"It was a good trip out there," he said. "There was a lot of competition. The game was tougher because of the weather [game was played in a downpour]. I actually played receiver out there but I only had one thrown to me in the game … it was tough at the game because of the weather. I made a bunch of friends with the whole Florida team."

As a receiver he lined up against some of Florida's best at cornerback and one player was more relentless than all the others.

"Marcus Udell (Tallahassee-Godby) was the toughest guy covering me all week," Robinson said. "He is a pretty physical player."

Robinson's recruiting schedule winds down with the visits to FSU (January 13) and Florida (January 20). He will announce where he's going just a few days later on television.

"I will go where I feel most comfortable," he said. "I am going to commit on 'Countdown To Signing Day' on January 25th."


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