Raymond, LSU offer Robinson

Cornerback Rashard Robinson has seen his recruitment process pick up in the past month, first grabbing on offer from Florida State before hearing good news from LSU.

LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond is out on the recruiting trail wearing purple-and-gold for the first time, and the first-year assistant is not wasting any time getting into the mix with some of the South's quickest risers on the prep scene.

Such was the case on Tuesday when Rashard Robinson was told to dial up Raymond, who wanted to speak with the Sunshine State cornerback about playing for the Tigers.

"I called up Coach Raymond and talked to him for the first time, and he said he's had an eye on me and likes what I am doing," Robinson said. "Coach Raymond said I had a scholarship offer, but he also wants to get me onto campus to see in person what my game is all about.

"I am going to camp in Baton Rouge on July 15. I am looking forward to that for sure, because being offered by LSU is like a dream come true. This is a huge day for me."

LSU joins Florida State as the lone schools to offer the 6-foot-2 and 165 pound defensive back, tabbed as a three-star prospect by Scout.com.

"I am not sure why my recruitment started off slow, but Coach Raymond said LSU is now in, and my first offer from Florida State was big because that's a school I am looking hard at here at home," Robinson said. "I also like Alabama and Miami, but haven't been offered by them. Those would be the four schools I am going to look at."

Robinson pinpointed his addition to the South Florida Express, an elite 7-on-7 team based out of the Miami area, as the extra push that got the ball rolling with his recruitment.

"Everything just took off when I joined up with them," Robinson said. "And we already qualified for nationals, so we will do some traveling this summer and more exposure will probably come then. I'm just blessed for everything that has happened."

Fortunately for LSU, the Tigers have an inside track to Robinson thanks to his childhood family friends, brothers Avery Johnson and Patrick Peterson - both of which signed with LSU out of Blanche-Ely High.

"My connection to Avery is how the South Florida Express tryouts came to be," Robinson said. "I wasn't working out or anything, but he brought me for the tryouts and I was on the list to come back. I didn't make the second cut, but one day the coach called and asked for me. They brought me back in for practice, and I started playing with them after that.

"When I called Coach Raymond, he asked if I knew Avery and Patrick, and he asked how close we were. I told him we have known each other since we were kids. When I was small, the three of us would go to the Boys and Girls Club all the time and hang out together.

"Then when Patrick came through Ely, I looked up to him. And the same goes for Avery."

With only four college teams on his mind, where do the Tigers stack up on Robinson's short list?

"First off, I like the SEC, period," he said. "It's the best. So being offered by LSU is crazy, because out of all the players in the country, I was given the offer and they say I am capable to come in and do the job. That right there makes them stand out.

"I came to Baton Rouge when I was younger, and I ran in the AAU Junior Olympics. I liked the campus and the atmosphere down there on the bayou, and that stuck with me.

"I grew up a Florida Gator fan, but that's not everything. I want to leave out of state for college. That's what I'm thinking right now."

LSU will be back in touch with Robinson in the near future, this time through an in-person visit to Pompano Beach.

"Coach Raymond is coming down here to check us out during spring practice," Robinson said. "We start May 1, and Coach Raymond said he's coming by soon after that."

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