Denard Robinson makes it Michigan

The Wolverines had twice had two quarterbacks in the fold through most of the recruiting period. After those decommitments, only Tate Forcier remained as a signal caller for the Wolverines. *Denard Robinson made a public commitment to U-M at 11 AM, sending the LOI at 7pm.*

Denard Robinson
QB/CB 6-0/185/4.4
Deerfield Beach HS (Deerfield Beach, Florida)
NR: **** Position Rank: 16 (as a CB) Player Video
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His Recruiting Story

Rich Rodriguez has had an immediate impact in the state of Florida when it comes to recruiting. Denard Robinson is only the latest example of that skill, as Rodriguez pulled him away from several heavy hitters including the home school Florida Gators.

Robinson always wanted a chance to play quarterback, and Michigan had always promised "Shoelace" that opportunity. It was also abundant to Robinson, without the coaches mentioning a thing.

"I actually just got off the phone with the coaches from Michigan. Calvin Magee came down to my school and saw me on Monday. We're going to set up a visit soon. We talked about playing that quarterback spot and if I can get a chance to come up there and play."

A January visit to Ann Arbor also played a huge role in landing Robinson. Though it was cold, it was something Robinson had actually enjoyed.

"It wasn't bad at all," he said, regarding the weather. "I thought it was going to be cold-cold. Like I wouldn't be able to feel my feet. It wasn't even all that. It was just a regular day with a jacket on. It felt nice. We had fun out there in the snow."

"It puts them up there," Robinson said coyly. "They in the top schools, we'll just say that for now."

Robinson held many in suspense throughout the entire recruiting process, but pulled the trigger for the Wolverines in early February on the National Signing Day.

GoBlueWolverine Commentary

Robinson provides the second quarterback that the Wolverines desperately needed. While he may not be quite the passer that Tate Forcier is, he's clearly in the mold of Pat White who starred for Rich Rodriguez at West Virginia. Mike Bakas, a state of Florida Recruiting Analyst for, raves about Robinson.

"He plays quarterback in high school now and does a tremendous job of leading his team. He's a tremendous leader who flat out knows how to win. He has tremendous football instincts, regardless of what position he's playing. Many project him to be a receiver or cornerback in college because of his size (6-0/190) and speed (10.7 100m kid at the state meet). When the game's on the line, you want him with the ball in his hands, though."

While Forcier will have the upper hand due to enrolling early, Robinson could make a strong push in the summer, as the quarterback spot is still wide open. He appears to be perfect fit for the spread that Michigan runs, and will need a solid summer to see the field early, though he has the ability to play many positions.

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