Robinson Gets First Look at KU Campus

In order to fill out their roster, coaches at the University of Kansas have frequently dipped into the talent pools of other states to find prospects.

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 State.

"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 valuable.

"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 your talent."

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