Evolving Plans

It's been a long and winding recruiting process for star defensive back Nickell Robey, but with just two more visits to go, the end is at least in sight.

Nickell Robey is no stranger to the ins and outs of recruiting, and the effects that coaching changes can have on the process. Originally a Georgia commit, Robey saw the departure of his primary recruiting coach, and thus decided to continue to listen to other offers. Tennessee and West Virginia were the primary schools to jump into that opportunity, but when the Volunteer staff was uprooted, with many of them moving on to USC, the Trojans became involved as well. That might have left some players with their heads spinning, but Robey has taken it all in stride, and is handling it well.

With just two more visit weekends left before Signing Day, Robey has set his final two trips. He will travel to West Virginia on Jan. 22, then conclude his visit list with a trek to USC on Jan. 29. After that, he will make his final choice, and most likely announce it on Signing Day, Feb. 3.

"This will be my first trip to West Virginia, and I'm interested in meeting new people and seeing how I fit in with the team," Robey told BlueGoldNews.com. "I need to see how comfortable I feel there, and how I fit in with everything."

The race for Robey's commitment seems to be down to a final four of West Virginia, USC, Tennessee and Georgia, and he has several factors in mind as he weights the pros and cons of each destination.

"It's important to me to see how the people there care about me," he said. "I want to be able to see myself at the school I choose. I am stil evaluating all of the schools."

Robey is being recruited by WVU assistant coach Dave Johnson, who has been to Florida for in-home visits.

"We talk about college and high school, and most of the time we just have regular conversations," said Robey of the recruiting process.

West Virginia, still in search of cornerbacks, would make a great addition to its recruiting class in Robey, who has outstanding man-to-man coverage skills.

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