It's a practice borne of simple mathematical necessity, and one which first-year Head Coach Turner Gill and his coaching staff have eagerly adopted – with positive early returns.
At the end of May, Gill and Co. received a commitment from one of the
fastest prospects in Central Florida, in Lake Mary High School
cornerback Chris Robinson. Friday night, Robinson took his first visit
to the KU campus, to take part in the program's first "Friday Night
Lights" skills camp, and it wasn't just his first trip to the Sunflower
"It was my first time in the Midwest," he said. "It's nice."
Alongside a collection of some of the area's best and brightest
prospects – including fellow KU commit Dreamius Smith of Wichita (KS)
Heights High School, Towanda (KS) Circle High School's Jordan Phillips
and Blue Springs (MO) High School wide receiver Jordan Nubine –
Robinson participated in drills and one-on-one competitions under the
watchful eyes of the KU coaching staff.
While not the tallest defensive back at camp, standing 5-foot-9 and
weighing 170 pounds, he flashed the speed and coverage skills that
attracted the KU coaches to him in the first place.
Cornerbacks coach Vic Shealy was one of Robinson's lead recruiters, and
the chance to get a head start in working with him proved extremely
"He's a good coach," Robinson explained, of Shealy. "He teaches a lot
of good, physical stuff."
Working under the lights in the stadium in which he'll eventually play
his college games, Robinson said his experience at the camp will send
him back to Florida with one message for those high school teammates of
his still looking for a Division One scholarship offer.
"I'm gonna tell them that they've gotta get better if they want to get
scholarships and want to get looked at," he said. "You've gotta step up
Robinson Gets First Look at KU Campus
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