Florida Gators making a push to flip Alabama commit Robinson

On Saturday, the Florida Gators hosted several prospects committed to other schools and several committed to other SEC schools in particular.

Alabama defensive back commit Jahquez Robinson (6-2, 174, Jacksonville, FL. Sandalwood) was on campus and he says his relationship with defensive backs coach Torrian Gray is growing.

“I talk to him at least twice a week or three times a week, our relationship is pretty good,” Robinson said of his relationship with Torrian Gray. “I just left talking to him now, he’s trying to get me here.”

While on campus Robinson got the chance to talk with Gray about how Florida is going to recruit the corner hard despite his commitment.

“He was just like we’re going to still recruit you even though you’re committed to Alabama,” he said on the message from Gray. “We want you to be a Gator and stuff like that. The same thing as [Dan] Mullen said.”

Head coach Dan Mullen has also built a good relationship with Robinson and had a message for the Alabama commit on Saturday.

“He said he wants to get me here and get to know me better,” Robinson said of the message from Mullen. “He wants to get to know my dad and stuff like that. It’s a pretty strong relationship, I talk to Coach Mullen three times a week, I text him all the time.”

The Gators have been pushing hard for Robinson for a few months now and the corner says Florida and other schools are working the hardest for the flip.

“I’ll probably say it’s out of Florida and LSU pushing the hardest,” he said of schools pushing the hardest to flip him. “I would say Oklahoma too, Coach Raymond at LSU is on me hard. They just let me know how much they want me.”

Next up for Robinson will be an official visit to another school recruiting him hard and then he will plan out the rest of his official visits.

“I have an Oklahoma official on April 13th,” Robinson said on visits coming up. “I’m going to take one to Texas in May. I might take one to LSU in the last part of the season. Of course I’m going to take one to Alabama. I’ll be back here [Florida] a couple of more times.”

Despite his commitment to Alabama, Robinson says his family wants him to make sure that the Crimson Tide are the right place for him.

“I would say between me and my family we want to make sure Alabama is the best place for me,” he said of his commitment to Alabama. “But like, I can say a lot of my family is liking me at Florida and at LSU too. That’s really the top two that my family wants me to see.”

One thing helping Florida out with Robinson is the fact that the Gators are the home state school.

“It is appealing, it’s a big thing because it’s close to home,” Robinson said on if distance from home catches his eye. “I’m a Florida boy, I want to play for Florida and represent my state, that’s why I’m always here. Coach Mullen is always saying that Tim Tebow is from Jacksonville and he’s always bringing up all the other players that won a national championship from Jacksonville.”


INSIDERS TAKE: Robinson says he’s going to sign in December and going to early enroll in January at the school of his choice.

Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.