Although he was a top target of Florida’s previous staff, it appeared as though the current staff didn’t offer Lake City (Fla.) Columbia four-star linebacker Jaden Robinson until it was too late. UF offered on July 3rd, the very next day the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder committed to South Carolina.
That, however, wasn’t where this recruiting process came to an end.
Despite his commitment to the Gamecocks, Robinson attended Florida’s Grill in the Ville late last month.
For some reason this didn't send earlier. Four-star linebacker @Jaden__Robinson committed to South Carolina not long after UF offered, but he was at the Grill in the Ville today. pic.twitter.com/e1K8Snd3sv
— Inside the Gators (@InsideTheGators) July 30, 2022
That in turn led to him being our One to Watch among the linebacker group on our Monthly Mock Signing Class.
He told Inside the Gators that his reason for visiting Florida didn’t come out of left field.
Three Gators coaches, including one with a pre-existing relationship with him, helped to sway him to the Orange & Blue.
“Coach [Billy] Napier, I see his vision and what he has in store for the Gators,” said Robinson. “Coach Jay Bateman is honestly a straight forward dude. Also, Coach Mike P [Mike Peterson] played a huge part. We’ve built a relationship ever since he was at Carolina. Once he left for Florida he told me he would be coming for me, just be patient.”
Their combined efforts resulted in Robinson flipping from South Carolina to Florida on Wednesday evening.
“Only Gators Get Out Alive!”🐊🐊 pic.twitter.com/M0vIcadOqN
— Jaden Robinson (@Jaden__Robinson) August 11, 2022
“There was a change of heart for me,” replied Robinson when asked what brought on the decision to make the switch. “It’s nothing against Carolina. I felt like Florida suits me best!”
Robinson said that Florida’s message to him was that as a projected early enrollee, he will have a chance to come in and make an impact.
He also said that he has mostly in contact with Florida commits Marcus Stokes and Treyaun Web. Robinson said he isn’t sure when he will take his UF official visit, but since he is only 40 minutes away, he plans on being on campus a lot this fall.
Robinson is the No. 379 ranked prospect in the nation according to the On3 Consensus.
Last summer Robinson was our No. 2 overall June Summer Camp session performer: