Coach Speak: Gerald Robinson

What is Syracuse getting in 2015 3-star Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic CB Gerlad Robinson? We spoke to his high school coach to find out.

Gerald Robinson became the third Syracuse commitment in the 2015 class on Friday. His coach at Champagnat Catholic of Hialeah (Fla.), Mike Tunsil, says the Orange got themselves quite a football player.

"He's a big time corner," coach Tunsil said. "A lot of local guys down here have elected him as the top defensive back in South Florida. He's definitely one of the top players. He's real physical. He can cover just about anybody and is a great athlete."

Part of what makes Robinson so great is his athleticism combined with his versatility. A big reason why he has been able to develop is the talent level he faces both in practice and in games.

"He's versatile enough to play man or zone," coach Tunsil said. "We play a lot of man on man coverage here in South Florida. But he's talented enough he can switch into zone. Definitely has enough skills to do both.

"It all starts in practice. We have a five-star sophomore receiver and one of the top tight ends in practice. We have three-stars in practice. So he matches up with the top guys every day. When it comes to the games, we put him on the best receiver and let him go to work."

Coach Tunsil believes Robinson has all the tools to succeed at the next level. He can refine some of his technique, as all high school prospects can, but believes the ceiling is very high for the three-star corner.

"He's going to be a leader on the field," coach Tunsil said. "He's a real physical guy who can still develop into his body. He'll bring some of that Miami toughness up there. He just has to work on being disciplined in coverage.

"We run a lot of man to man but get zone sometimes. He just has to make sure he's disciplined in both."

Off the field, Robinson is described as a leader who works very hard at his craft.

"He's a good kid," Tunsil said. "He has his mom and dad at home so they're definitely hard on him and push him. They help make sure he's doing the things every day to be successful.

"He's pretty good (with his grades). He's fully qualified academically."

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