When Gerald Robinson committed to Syracuse in late April, he was the first out-of-state recruit for the Orange’s 2015 class. He had never seen campus, and the Florida cornerback’s only knowledge of the school came from the mouth of offensive coordinator George McDonald.
So when the Hialeah, Florida, product flew to Syracuse for his all-day visit, he was nervous about potential disappointment. But that worry quickly disappeared while he toured the SU campus with his uncle on Tuesday, confirming the commitment he made four months earlier.
“I was actually afraid that all the coaches wouldn’t like me,” Robinson said. “I just thought my recruiter (McDonald) was going to be into me, but actually every coach loved me.
“I think it is the perfect place for me to be my next four years.”
Robinson said he saw many things on his trip. He viewed an example of the dorm room he would live in. He met with teachers about pursuing a degree in physical therapy. And, of course, he eventually found himself at the Dome.
“It is going to be loud and hard to play in,” Robinson said. “I’ve just got to focus because it’s going to be hard to concentrate in that loud place.”
But his favorite part of the day, by far, was sliding on a newly designed No. 6 Syracuse jersey.
“It felt good -- like I could build a legacy in it,” Robinson said. “When coach brought it out, I was actually excited. I thought he was going to bring out one of the old ones.”
Throughout the meetings and tours, Robinson said that defensive back coach Fred Reed was constantly teaching him about the defensives schemes, as well as how he would fit into the cornerback corps. Coaches also walked him through the trophy rooms in the football facility and the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center.
“It was great to see the history,” Robinson said. “I want to pick up where [SU legends] left off.”
Robinson was flying back to Florida Wednesday morning, but he will be getting on the plane with a great sense of relief.
"It feels good,” Robinson said. “I didn’t think it was going to be so great.
“But I have seen it for myself, and my uncle liked it to. He thinks it's the best place for me.”