The energy was running high on the Florida Gators’ campus on Friday as Jim McElwain and the Florida coaching staff got camp underway and it didn’t take long for the Gators to find some playmakers.
Soon after camp ended McElwain and company offered cornerback Aaron Robinson (6-1, 185, Deerfield Beach, FL High) who shined during the 7-on-7 portion of camp on Friday night.
“It was very big to get the offer from coach McElwain,” Robinson said. “This an offer that I’ve been wanting for a long time. It’s very, very big to have the offer and the opportunity.”
Robinson didn’t waste much time after getting the offer to decide he wanted to be commitment No. 15 for the Florida Gators class’ of 2016 and it was a dream come true for the cornerback.
“I’ve been a fan my whole life and this is something I’ve wanted for a long time,” Robinson said after committing. “Coach Mac said welcome to the family and to the Gator family when I committed. I told him that I was glad to be a member of the Gator family.”
Heading into the spring Robinson was a guy that was largely unknown due to some injuries as a junior, but Robinson says that he’s ready to play in the Swamp in 2016.
“I’m bringing everything I can do to DBU,” Robinson said. “I’m bringing the big hits, I’m bringing the whole show. I’m going to be a hard worker for the team so be ready for Aaron Robinson because I’m here.”
One person that Robinson looks up to is Florida receiver Brandon Powell, who is a Deerfield alum himself, and Robinson says he has learned a lot from watching Powell.
“His intensity and being able to see him play hard and how hard he works makes me look up to him and want to work like him,” Robinson said. “He does a lot of good things on the field and I just want to work hard like him and have success on the field.”
Deerfield coach Jevon Glenn was on hand Friday night coaching his team throughout the 7-on-7 tournament and he wasn’t a bit surprised that Robinson landed the offer.
“I’ve been telling people since we started working out in December that Aaron was one of the best cornerbacks,” Glenn said. “That’s why we wanted to get out to these camps so that they could get maximum exposure.”
When Robinson says he’s bringing the hits to Gainesville he isn’t lying, according to Glenn, who believes that Robinson is a guy that can hang on his own.
“He’s a lockdown and physical cornerback, we feel comfortable that we put him on a receiver and he can lock him down,” Glenn said of Robinson. “Without a doubt we can put him on island and we believe he’s going to lock them down.
INSIDERS TAKE: Robinson is a very good athlete that flips his hips very well and is able to play on an island by himself. He drew the attention of the coaching staff most of the night on Friday night.