ORLANDO, Fla. — Three weeks ago, Florida wasn’t a contender for James Robinson.
Now the Gators are back in the picture.
The four-star wide receiver from Lakeland (Fla.) said UF, his childhood favorite growing up, has made a recent push for him.
“That’s my dream school, so I’ve always loved Florida,” Robinson said Sunday at the Opening Regionals in Orlando, Fla.
“I like what the coaching staff did last season, and they just hired a coach who’s from where I’m from.”
The addition of new defensive backs coach Torrian Gray, a Lakeland native, helped Florida’s chances with Robinson right away. The two spoke by phone as soon as Gray took the job.
“I talked to him that day,” Robinson said. “I was on the way to a basketball game and I called him. We had a good conversation. I had talked to him before when he was at Virginia Tech. Now he’s my recruiter for Florida, and that’s big.
“At first I had a top three and Florida wasn’t in it. Now that he’s there, they’re back in the race.”
Robinson plans to visit UF on March 5. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder discussed what he likes about his other top schools:
Clemson: “I’ve spent some time up there. I took a couple visits and I loved it.”
Ohio State: “I always liked Ohio State, just the way they air the ball out on offense. Urban Meyer is my favorite college football coach.”
Oklahoma: “Every since they started recruiting me two months ago, they’ve been coming at me hard. I love the relationship I have with the coaches.”
The Tigers are considered the leader for Robinson, though he isn’t calling them No. 1. But he said the notion that Clemson will be tough to beat is true.
“It is,” Robinson admitted, “just because of the way they produce receivers and the talent they’re getting from Florida. But out of those four schools, everybody has a chance.”
Robinson said he could decide at any time, possibly as soon as next month.
“I might wait,” he said, “I might not.”
Robinson is ranked the No. 8 wide receiver and No. 36 prospect nationally in the 247Sports Composite.