During the spring and into the summer, www.floridakids.us will bring you our IN THE HUDDLE segments with football players throughout the state of Florida.
These are similar to the evaluations we pass on to the hundreds of colleges who visit our website, call us on the phone and correspond via e-mail.
Here is another top football player to keep an eye on this season – and beyond.
PLAYER: George Robinson
SCHOOL: Miami Central
40 SPEED: 4.5
HEAD COACH: Anthony Saunders
www.floridakids.us Pre-Spring Rating: Not rated
Who was the person who said that there are too many camps and combines in the off season here in the Sunshine State? Was it the same person who said that having a month of spring football was a waste of time?
All I have to say is thank goodness for the state of Florida. Where high school football players have every opportunity to gain exposure, whether he plays at a small 1A school or a tremendous 6A program.
Spring football is the time when hundreds of college coaches have the pleasure of visiting school after school in search of an athlete who will help elevate their program. It's time when they check up on athletes who have had plenty of pre-spring hype and publicity to those who are barely on the radar screen.
The reason I talk about spring football and the many camps and combines that surround the event, you have to understand that some 50 rising seniors who were never on any list at all before May, will receive a college scholarship to a Division 1A program just because of spring football. Think of that statement, and you will shake your head and try to figure why other parts of the country don't have spring football – in some form.
On Friday night, May 27, eight schools got together to play four games in front of colleges such as Miami, South Florida, Wayne State, Akron, Bowling Green, Florida International, Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, Indiana, Colorado and a few others. This night, which has become a ritual over the past few years, is really past the time when colleges can come out to watch.
What has happened over the past three years is this night, a week after most have returned back to their campuses, has now been pointed to as a time when you can get eight Miami-Dade schools and find a few athletes who have flown under that magical radar screen. It is considered a fifth week in a four-week process.
With nobody from any scouting service, or recruiting gurus on hand, colleges in the know, skip a week during May so they can see this final few days of spring practice. Where you come and discover a potential elite receiver like George Robinson, who for some, went from an unknown to one who will certainly be watched and courted as a major college recruit.
Robinson is someone we had the chance to watch since the end of the season. Not because he was the fastest player on the field or had the best hands as a receiver. But watching him at the March Perfect Competition/FloridaKids.us Camp, he displayed the ability to play the position, and that's exactly what colleges saw last Friday night.
STRENGTHS: When you have speedy receivers who can run by you, but have no idea how to run a pattern, look the ball in or have the instincts to pick up 15-20 yards per reception, you have an athlete who is a lot like everyone else. Robinson isn't like that.
What makes this future star impressive is the way he runs patterns, knows exactly where to be on the field and has tremendous hands to catch the ball and make something happen.
"George is as good a receiver as you will find at any level," said Dennis Brown, who threw to the standout last year. "He knows how to run patterns, which is something that comes from instincts and not so much being a great athlete."
Robinson is the kind of player who will shine at any level. His keen insight to reading a defensive secondary is something that comes from running 100 pass routes each week in practice. It comes from the will to want to be a great player who will impact his team.
In his spring jamboree against Miami Booker T. Washington, his ability to run pass routes set him apart, and had colleges – big and small – writing down his names, watching his every move and making calls back to their home office to proclaim what they found on the final day of spring football.
I sat there and watched Robinson on three different plays. As a pure receiver, he has it all. Has tremendous leaping ability, runs off even the best defensive backs and can make a solid decoy on running plays or passing downs that are headed to the other side.
The thing I love about him is he will have the chance to play against some of the best defensive backs in the nation over the next six months, competing in Miami-Dade County.
WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: While much of his attention has been on being an offensive threat, Robinson still must learn to be that complete receiver. He needs to learn the blocking angles, so he can be more effective.
Picking up potential mismatches in the secondary and helping his young quarterback is also something that will come with more practice.
OVERALL: When you have talent, sooner or later you will be discovered. While it has taken three years, many who know how to evaluate talent have finally got the word out to enough people on this potential star.
He has the ability to play at an elite level for several reasons.
COLLEGES ON THE HORIZON: After watching him play in the spring, there are several schools who will now start communicating with this young star.
At the Perfect Competition/FloridaKids.us event, Robinson mentioned Miami and Florida as his two top schools.
Get IN THE HUDDLE with some more of Florida's emerging stars:
IN THE HUDDLE – TIMOTHY BROWN
IN THE HUDDLE – XAVIER HARRIS
IN THE HUDDLE – DANIEL LINCOLN
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IN THE HUDDLE – QUINTIN HANCOCK
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IN THE HUDDLE – ROBERT LOVE
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IN THE HUDDLE – MARKEVIOUS POWELL
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