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Denard Robinson
National Recruiting Editor
Posted Nov 19, 2008

Despite growing up in a football-rich state like Florida, athlete Denard Robinson says he never followed any of the in-state schools as a kid. "I want to go where I can have a chance to play early," Robinson said. "I want to see some early action." Florida was the first school to offer Robinson and Gainesville is only four hours from his home. "It doesn't matter if I stay close..."

Denard Robinson, the 6-foot, 185-pound four-star athlete (cornerback/quarterback) from Deerfield Beach, Fla., says he has over 20 scholarship offers and remains unsure about a leader, having taken only one official trip to Georgia on Sept. 27 for their game against Alabama.

Robinson said he favors No. 13 Georgia, West Virginia, Michigan and No. 3 Florida. He says he also has offers from South Florida, UCF, Miami, Rutgers, Auburn and Alabama, among others.

Robinson, ranked as the No. 13 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, says he's actually receiving more attention for quarterback. "I really like playing quarterback," he said. "But I'll play any position to get on the field quicker."

As a senior, Robinson has amassed around 1,300 yards passing for 13 touchdowns. He also rushed for around 800 yards and had an additional five scores, helping lead his team to an 8-2 record.

"I'm a playmaker," he said. "I like having the ball and can make things happen. On defense I have the same kind of mentality. I'm very aggressive and love stripping the ball or going after a pick.

"But I still want to get bigger and bulk up," he said. "I want to be more physical and prepare better."

Robinson isn't focusing strongly on recruiting now and doesn't have any other trips set. "We're about to start the playoffs so I don't think I'll be taking any more trips until after we're done," he said.

"The Georgia trip went great," Robinson said. "I like the coaches a lot. They were all real down-to-earth and very frank. They don't just tell you what you want to hear."

Robinson liked what the Bulldog coaches had to say. "They said they like me for defense, but that they'd give me a shot at quarterback too," he said. "They came to my school and said they really like my hard work ethic and attitude."

Another thing that stood out about Georgia was their game day atmosphere in Athens. "It was for the big Alabama game so the Game Day crew was out there and everyone was real hyped," he said. "It was amazing and I loved how they did the blackout."

The Bulldogs' loss didn't sour Robinson's affection for Georgia.

While the Dawgs are recruiting Robinson mostly on defense, he says that West Virginia, Michigan and Florida all want him at quarterback.

"West Virginia runs a good offense," he said. "And they are known for developing quarterbacks. I like they spread they run and they are going to need a playmaker like me when Pat White leaves."

Mountaineers fans can't be too happy that Robinson is also considering Michigan - the school that coach Rich Rodriguez spurned the Mountaineers for.

"I think I'd fit in real well into coach Rod's spread offense," he said. "I really like what he did at West Virginia and he's gonna be rebuilding Michigan too. I'm sure they'll be winning once he gets his players in place and has the offense running.

"I think Michigan just needs some playmakers and I could be that guy for them," he said.

The school that is recruiting Robinson the hardest is in-state favorite Florida. "They call my coaches and talk to me a lot," he said. "They send the most mail and emails and are in contact with me all the time."

The Gators were the first school to offer Robinson and are only four hours from his home. "It doesn't matter if I stay close," he said.

"I like Florida because of their offense," Robinson explained. "I think I'd fit in well there. I like how they use the quarterback and how he's the main guy on offense. They let him run and make plays happen and that's how I like to play."

Despite growing up in a football-rich state like Florida, Robinson says he never followed any of the in-state schools as a kid. "I just liked watching football," he said.

Robinson is also a track star, running both the 100m (10.3 personal best) and the 200m. "Georgia and Florida are also recruiting me for track," he said. "If I go there I'll probably do both sports.

"I want to go where I can have a chance to play early," he said. "I want to see some early action."

He says he can bench 315-pounds and squat 405. Robinson also has a 36-inch vertical jump and claims to run a 4.4 forty.

Robinson is unsure of what he plans to major in, but reports a 2.9 core GPA and a 19 ACT.

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