Robinson details Orange pledge

Syracuse landed a talented Florida prospect in Gerald Robinson despite the lack of an on campus visit. So why was Robinson able to pull the trigger without seeing the Orange in person? He explains inside.

Syracuse landed a Florida prospect for the second consecutive cycle without the player visiting the campus. In 2014, it was quarterback Alin Edouard. Now, it is three-star Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic cornerback Gerald Robinson.

Both had similar reasons for choosing the Orange without seeing things in person.

"I have a chance to come in and play and lead my class for 2015," Robinson said. "I can actually bring some players from Florida too. The relationship with coach McDonald is better than any other coach that I've talked to.

"He tells me I can come up there and get an education and actually play my first year without getting redshirted. Other coaches don't tell me about the education. He cares about me as a person and not just a football player. I talked to the defensive coordinator too. And they both like my personality."

Robinson will not be going long without seeing the campus in person, however. He plans to take a trip up north with his coach at the beginning of the summer. There are two other defensive backs in Florida, Jeremiah Dinson and Karon Jackson, that he plans to help Syracuse recruit.

After informing the Orange of his decision, there was excitement throughout the coaching staff.

"They were hype over there," Robinson said. "All the defensive coaches were hype about me and couldn't wait for me to get up there so they could coach me. I told coach McDonald and he put me on the phone with the rest of the defensive coaches. They were all going crazy."

Robinson's verbal pledge is not binding until he signs in February. With that in mind, he did say he plans to take other visits but wants Syracuse fans to know there is nothing to worry about.

He is now looking forward to his personal goals for his time with the Orange when he arrives on campus prior to the 2015 season.

"I want to get an education," Robinson said. "I want to come in early and not redshirt so I can play. In the future, we want to win the ACC Championship."

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