A little over a month after 2016 cornerback Aaron Robinson (6-1, 185, Deerfield Beach, FL High) committed to the Florida Gators football team, he stepped back on campus for the programs Friday Night Lights and to a whole new feeling.
“It feels great, it feels better than it did before,” Robinson told GatorCountry.com.
“It actually feels amazing, being able to come back up. As for the players and the coaches, they still showing love. Everything feels [like] home.”
And while his commitment status coming into Ben Hill Griffin Stadium was different this time, the message from Florida Gators Head Coach Jim McElwain and company was not, which was a reassurance Robinson needed.
“The same thing they’ve been telling me before, when they first started recruiting me. About the program, they’re still feeding me great information, things I want to hear, things I need to hear.”
That goes beyond the football field though, according to Robinson.
“They’re telling me about the different majors, because I’m not sure what I want to major in. they’re breaking everything down for me, explaining it to me. They’re taking me on tours of the campus, showing it to me. “
This is all information that Robinson is using in turn to do his on recruiting, something he focused on during Friday Night Lights.
The Deerfield Beach native opted not to work out, instead using the time during drills to get in the ear of those who have yet to commit and he had a speech at the ready.
“I’m gonna let you know how bad I want you. I’m gonna let you know how the atmosphere feels. How great of a program UF is itself. I’m just gonna keep chowing you down, trying to get you here.”
Two guys hearing that spill on multiple occasions are high school teammates of Robinson’s; 2017 WR Jerry Jeudy (6’1”, 158, Deerfield Beach) and 2016 WR Cavin Ridley (6’1”, 190, Deerfield Beach).
Robinson is still playing catch up on Ridley with many other Florida Gators fans.
Ridley had planned to announce his commitment on June 22, a little over two weeks after Robinson had already committed to the Gators. Ridley told GatorCountry on June 21 that if he had stuck to his 22nd announcement date, that he would’ve chosen Florida. Instead though, Ridley decided to push back his date, opting instead to open up his recruitment more. And now he has Robinson hot on his heels as his biggest recruiter.
“[Ridley] and Jerry Jeudy, trying to get them here… with Cavin, [Florida is] definitely high, they’re high for him, but I’d still have to talk to them.”
As he continues to talk to his current teammates, hoping to make them his future teammates, Robinson will also prepare for his own future, saying he’s going to spend the season “to perfect my craft in everything I can” all while preparing to join McElwain and “the fire and energy” Robinson says the new coaching staff has brought to The Swamp.
It’s a feeling that has made Aaron Robinson feel right at home with each new time he steps towards his future.