The 4-star wide receiver Demarcus Robinson is a Clemson verbal commitment, but there's still a chance that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish can get him to flip.
According to Ryan Bartow of TigerIllustrated.com, Robinson is still being strongly recruited by Florida and Notre Dame. He's still committed to Clemson, but this quote via Bartow's article would lead one to believe that swaying him wouldn't be too hard if you're Notre Dame or Florida:
I'll probably still end up going to Clemson, Robinson said. Probably so, but I don't know. I'd say I'm a soft commit right now. I'm still considering Florida, Notre Dame and Clemson. Hopefully I can visit all three and then have a final decision.
Notre Dame needs to capitalize here. The window of opportunity is still open, and getting the 4-star wideout to decommit and flip to their 2013 class would be a huge recruiting win for Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish.
They're going to have to beat out a very impressive Florida program that just beat LSU to remain undefeated on the season at 5-0 (4-0 SEC), and Clemson still has to be considered a favorite considering his commitment, but one has to believe Notre Dame has a shot at getting a flip out of the talented wideout.
Here's what they need to pitch to him:
Any great wide receiver knows that in the end, they are limited. As good as they can be, their success, or lack thereof, will ultimately be on the shoulders of the quarterback that's throwing them the ball.
Here's where Notre Dame will find their biggest advantage.
Clemson's quarterback, Tajh Boyd, is one of the more notable signal-callers in college football, but he's already in his junior year. By the time Robinson gets to Clemson Boyd will be a senior. By the time Robinson gets any substantial playing time, the Tigers will be starting with a new, unknown commodity at the quarterback position.
Both Florida and Notre Dame have a sophomore at quarterback, and while Jeff Driskel has been impressive for the Gators, the Fighting Irish's Everett Golson has shown the potential to be a star. He's an explosive player that can make big plays, and Notre Dame needs to pitch Robinson on the fact that he can be on the other end of those plays moving forward.
At this point, though, Notre Dame and Florida are still looking pretty even, so what is it that separates the Fighting Irish from the Gators?
Notre Dame needs to sell Robinson on the idea of winning a national championship. Unlike many programs right now, the Irish will actually have a legitimate shot of accomplishing that in the next few years.
Clemson, as exciting as they've been, can't seem to win big games, let alone the ACC; and Florida, while looking very good, has to go through a treacherous SEC schedule year-in and year-out. One could make the argument that the Irish have an easier road to the big game, especially if they keep playing great football.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have just as much potential to be a national championship program as the Gators do, and they certainly outmatch Clemson.
Where will Robinson end up?
They need to pitch the 4-star wideout on the fact that he can come into South Bend and be an integral playmaker on the offense. He's 6'2'', 200 pounds, and 247Sports has him down for running a 4.65 40-yard dash. He's big and fast enough to be a legitimate deep threat for Kelly's offense, and he could really help them stretch the field.
Robinson can be a huge part of the Irish's future, and he can be an integral part of their National Championship aspirations.
This is what they need to pitch the 4-star wide receiver in order to get him to flip.