Robinson Makes It Official! He's A Gator

For the longest time it seemed that Patrick Robinson of Miami's Gulliver Prep was a lock to spend his college football career in Tallahassee. In recent weeks, however, the Florida Gators have been closing fast enough to make a two-horse race out of it. Wednesday evening Robinson let the world know the Gators have won the race for his heart when he announced on Countdown to Signing Day that he is committed to the University of Florida and Coach Urban Meyer.

(Patrick Robinson profile)

Robinson is a four-star rated cornerback, 5-11, 179 pounds, whose 4.42 40-time and his ability to lock down receivers makes him a hot commodity. He picked off five passes during Gulliver's season while playing wide receiver on offense. He played wide receiver for the winning Florida team at the recent CaliFlorida Bowl but it is on defense where his future lies at the next level.

Robinson told Gator Country immediately after taping Countdown to Signing Day that it was a tough, close decision choosing between Florida and Florida State but the decision for Florida just felt right.

"I felt like it was a better place for me," he said. "It was a little bit better environment."

All last week, Robinson was pretty much set on staying in Miami for the weekend but at the last moment he decided to go ahead and make the trip to Florida. He considered the visit an eye-opener.

"I wasn't really sure about going on the trip but I was really glad I went," Robinson said when he spoke to Gator Country Sunday night. "There were a lot of things I learned on that trip and all I can say is I am really glad I went."

Once on campus, the weekend turned into a real positive for the Gators. Like so many other recruits and commitments who spent the weekend on the Florida campus, he came away highly impressed with the team atmosphere that Coach Meyer has been building. The closeness of the team was evident all weekend but it became particularly clear Saturday afternoon when there was a meeting of recruits and commitments along with their parents in the film room of the south end zone at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. After Coach Urban Meyer made some comments, he left the room along with all the Florida coaches, leaving the recruits, commitments and their parents to spend the next hour or so in a question and answer session with Tavares Washington, Brandon Siler, Dallas Baker, Tate Casey and Tim Tebow.

Hearing the players speak so passionately about the Florida program was when he knew he wanted to be a Gator.

"It was really the players when I went for the meeting and asking questions and stuff like that," said Robinson.

When he spoke with Gator Country Sunday night, Robinson was still glowing from the visit and that question and answer session.

"It showed how much like a family the team is and how they care about the program," said Robinson said Sunday evening. "That stood out to me.

"Brandon Siler did most of the talking. He is an open guy. They told us everything. They were straight up about how things are. There weren't really any negatives."

He was also impressed with Coach Meyer's approach.

"He's a straight forward guy," said Robinson. "He expects me to do my job and work hard."

His host at Florida last weekend was Dorian Munroe, whom the Gators signed out of Miami's Coral Reef High School last February.

Robinson considers himself ideal in straight up man-to-man situations which makes him a good fit for Florida's defensive scheme.

The Gators are committed to stopping the run first and that means the corners are out on an island by themselves where they have to show the ability to shut down wide receivers.

"I will be a straight up corner, not a nickel or anything in the Gator defense," he said. "They will be playing a lot of press and man to man defense and I like that."

Asked what Gator fans can expect from him the next four years, Robinson answered, "They can expect me to put on a show!"

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