Quick turnaround

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Like the weather, a college football prospect's mind can change dramatically in an instant. Case in point: Demarcus Robinson.

Tennessee appeared to be in great shape for the four-star wide receiver from Peach County High in Fort Valley, Ga., as he discussed his participation in the Vols' high school camp on Tuesday. Seventy-two hours later, however, he was committed to Clemson.

"I'm loving it so far," Robinson said on Tuesday of the UT camp, literally beaming. "It's nice. The facilities stand out. They're not done with all of it but once they get the rest of it done, I think it's going to be really nice."

He also praised Vol coaches, noting: "As I'm watching them run routes and stuff, I like the OC (offensive coordinator Jim Chaney), the wide receivers coach (Darin Hinshaw) and the head coach (Derek Dooley).

The fact Tennessee has a quality passing attack built around some elite receivers seemed to make a very positive impression on Robinson.

"Definitely," he said. "They throw them the ball, so (high school) receivers can see them getting the ball and know they could follow in their footsteps."

Asked if he would be returning to the Tennessee campus anytime soon, Robinson replied: "Definitely, I want to come to a game."

Rated No. 14 nationally among wideouts by Scout.com, Robinson is a 6-foot-2, 196-pounder who caught 52 passes for 1,023 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior last fall. He was tabbed the top wide receiver at the MVP Combine in Alpharetta, Ga., on June 1.

Scout.com recruiting analyst Chad Simmons recently described Robinson as "one of the more complete wide receivers in The South," adding that he "will compete early for playing time on the next level. He is one of the best route runners in his region and he has hands that catch everything within reach. Not many high school receivers like to block and that really separates Robinson from the average receiver. He is physical, he actually likes to block, and he can be used in multiple ways."

Although his speed has been questioned in the past, Robinson said he covered 40 yards in 4.39 seconds at the MVP Combine.

During his Tuesday interview Robinson said "I don't know" when asked if he had a timetable for choosing a college. He described his scholarship count as "a lot," adding that his offer from Tennessee arrived so long ago that he couldn't remember the specific time frame.

When asked if he was glad he attended the Vol camp, he nodded his head vigorously.

"I am. I am," he said. "I'm glad I came to see the place. It was very nice."

Robinson noted that Tennessee helped itself during his visit but offered a final comment that, in retrospect, takes on added significance.

Asked who his top schools were prior to visiting Knoxville, he replied: "Clemson, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Oregon."


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