With signing day rapidly approaching the Gators are starting to fill up their recruiting class. One area where the Gators lacked was offensive line, but Urban Meyer and company landed their first offensive lineman commit earlier today in Sam Robey.
Robey, who is from Louisville, Kentucky, said he committed to the coaching staff on Sunday before he left Gainesville, but wanted to wait until Tuesday to announce his decision publicly.
“I wanted to take the time to contact the coaches at the other schools who I had formed such good relationships with,” the 6-5, 270-pounder said.
Robey picked the Gators over Kentucky, Louisville and Middle Tennessee State.
“Playing at Florida gives me a great opportunity to get away from home and create my own name,” he said referring to the fact that his dad was a star basketball player at Kentucky. “Also I get the chance to play against some of the best players in the country everyday in practice which should help make me a better player.”
According to Robey he got a lot of pressure from people in the state of Kentucky to either stay at home and go to Louisville or follow in his dad’s footsteps and go to UK. But, in the end Robey had to make the best decision for him.
“Who can really blame me for going to Florida to play football,” he said.
Robey, who will play center for the Gators, really enjoyed his official visit to Gainesville this past weekend and said that helped seal the deal.
“I had a lot of fun this weekend and developed a lot of good relationships with the players and the other recruits,” he said. “The visit definitely helped me make my decision.”
Now that he has committed to the Gators, Robey will start working on recruiting other prospects. One player he has already targeted is Milton Knox, a running back from California.
“I got to know him pretty well during our visit and we formed a good relationship,” Robey said about Knox. “I called him after I committed and told him I was going to try to convince him to join me.”
Robey will not be enrolling early because he said the state of Kentucky doesn’t allow students to graduate early.