Robinson Glad He Made Trip To Florida

Patrick Robinson really didn't want to come to Gainesville this past weekend for his official visit to the University of Florida. He'd been to the Florida campus often enough that he was sure there was nothing knew to discover. He wanted to just chill at home but his parents egged him to go ahead and take the trip. He finally caved in to their pressure and made the visit. Looking back, he's awfully glad he did.

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Robinson is a four-star cornerback from Miami's Gulliver Prep. He's a 5-11, 179-pounder with the kind of closing speed that tells you he could be a very special player in the secondary. He was so good as a wide receiver at Gulliver that he made the Florida's team for the CaliFlorida Bowl on the offensive side of the ball.

When it came to visiting Gainesville, he was a reluctant visitor until he got on campus. He already knew that there is potential playing time at Florida since the Gators lose their two starting corners. What he discovered once he arrived in Gainesville was a team that has the kind of close relationships that make it a remarkable atmosphere.

"I wasn't really sure about going on the trip but I was really glad I went," he said. "There were a lot of things I learned on that trip and all I can say is I am really glad I went."

His weekend host was freshman safety Dorian Munroe, who signed with the Gators last year out of Miami's Coral Reef High School. The two Dade County boys hit it off instantly.

"It was fun … I had a good time," said Robinson. "Dorian Munroe was my host. He is a fun guy. I can relate a lot with him. He showed me a good time."

Robinson and Munroe checked out Gainesville after dark Friday night and then Saturday there was the usual campus tour and talk about academics. After lunch, Robinson had the experience that let him know coming to Gainesville was the right thing to do. Like so many other recruits who were there have stated, the players' meeting in the film room beneath the south end zone at The Swamp was an experience that left a serious impression on both prospects and their parents.

"It caught my attention," said Robinson. "It showed how much like a family the team is and how they care about the program. That stood out to me.

"Brandon Siler did most of the talking. He is an open guy. They told us everything. They were straight up about how things are. There weren't really any negatives."

Robinson really likes the coaches at UF. Coach John "Doc" Holliday, whose recruiting area is south Florida, has been his chief contact. Recruiting coordinator Chuck Heater is the cornerbacks coach.

"Doc Holliday does a good job recruiting," Robinson said. "He is on me all the time. Coach Heater is a nice guy too."

Robinson can really see himself fitting in the Gators aggressive man to man defense. It is something that he is looking for in the school that he chooses.

"I will be a straight up corner, not a nickel or anything in the Gator defense," he said. "They will be playing a lot of press and man to man defense and I like that."

.In the mean time there is that school out west that also has a bead on Robinson. Florida State was a dream of his at one time and he grew up a big fan of the Seminoles. There are a lot of things he likes about FSU.

"It's a fun place to be," he said. "Bobby Bowden … we all know how much of a legend he is. I grew up a fan of FSU so that's a fun thing."

There is also a little matter of two of his teammates at Gulliver Prep that are already committed to FSU. Safety Anthony Leon and offensive lineman Evan Bellamy have already given their verbal pledge to the Noles. Robinson says that will play very little into his decision.

"My teammates will not make a difference about where I choose to go to school," he said.

He will make his choice Wednesday night on national television on "Countdown to Signing Day." The final decision will be based on which school has the most to offer and fits his particular needs the best.

"It is a mixture of everything that will help decide where I am going to go to school next Wednesday," he said.

In two more nights, Patrick Robinson will be telling either Florida or Florida State that he's going to be their lock down corner for the next few years. One school will have reason to celebrate and one school will be very disappointed.


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