WHY HE'S HERE: Demarcus Robinson had one of the more back-and-forth recruitments in the country last season, changing his mind multiple times between Clemson and Florida. Eventually, he decided days before enrolling that he wanted to play his college career in Gainesville. Robinson enrolled early and went through spring practice with a sprained ankle but was still healthy enough to show what he can do.He topped 1,000 receiving yards and had 15 touchdowns during his senior season at Peach County High School. The Army All-American has the ideal size that Florida wants at receiver, checking in at 6-2, 201 pounds. He also has the benefit of spending the entire offseason in the Florida weight program because he enrolled in the spring.
PATH TO PLAYING TIME: If Robinson can carry over what he showed in the spring, the path to playing time shouldn't be difficult. The Gators are in desperate need of playmakers in the passing game. That was obvious last year when Jordan Reed was the only consistent playmaker through the air, and now he will head into NFL camp with the Washington Redskins.Florida has to find receivers ready to emerge in fall camp. The offensive line expects to be better, but in order for quarterback Jeff Driskel to have a better season, the Gators need to find players that can get open down the field. Robinson showed during the spring that he's capable of being that player.
Even after fighting a sprained ankle throughout the spring and needing new wide receivers coach Joker Phillips to help him line up in the proper position, Robinson still showed what he can do. He went up and wrestled the ball away from All-American cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy on a jump ball down the field.
Robinson isn't a burner, but he's fluid on the field and knows how to get open. He's also fast enough to be a force when he catches balls near the line of scrimmage. He should be the most involved freshman wide receiver the Gators have had in the program in a long time.
Robinson's catch over Purifoy
WHAT TO EXPECT: Robinson has the talent to be a difference maker from day one. Coming in during the spring only makes it more likely that he'll showcase that on the field this fall.The Gators are hoping for a veteran like Andre Debose or Quinton Dunbar to step up and become the go-to receiver, but if they don't, Robinson could prove capable of being that guy sooner than later.