Why Notre Dame Has Inside Track to Flip 4-Star Clemson Commit Demarcus Robinson
4-star wide receiver Demarcus Robinson is still committed to the Clemson Tigers, but if there's a program out there that has what it takes to get him to flip, it would be the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Robinson took an official visit to Notre Dame this past weekend and was there for the Irish's overtime win over Pittsburgh. According to Ryan Bartow of TigerIllustrated.com, the 4-star wideout likes Brian Kelly's offensive scheme, and he also talked to the coach about the Fighting Irish's needs:
What did the Rivals100 member think of Notre Dame?
"Coach Brian Kelly likes to throw the ball," Robinson said. "I like that. They came back. A win is a win."
Kelly met with Robinson on the field right after the game.
"We were just talking," Robinson said. "He wants to get me up there. He said he needs more wide receivers. He said he needs some goal line wide receivers to throw the ball up there so I can get it."
Robinson also talked about how his mother really liked the academics at Notre Dame and the atmosphere. Finally, he had this to say about his commitment to Clemson, via Bartow's report:
"I'm trying to pick my choice," Robinson said. "I'm committed to Clemson. I'm not soft or strong. I'll just say I'm committed."
Will Robinson stay committed to Clemson?
That's not exactly a convincing endorsement for the Clemson Tigers, and that, plus the fact that Robinson has been considered a candidate to flip for a while now, should be cause for concern for Tigers fans.
So should the fact that his visit to South Bend apparently went so well.
To be frank, there's not a lot to dislike about what the Fighting Irish can offer Robinson. They are in the midst of an undefeated season, they are one of the most prestigious and well-known programs in college football, and there's no doubting that their future is just as bright as, if not brighter than, the present.
Kelly's 2013 class is currently ranked No. 2 in the country by Rivals.com, so with the amount of talent that Kelly is bringing in, Notre Dame is bound to get even better as the years go on. The Irish also have an impressive young quarterback in Everett Golson who will only get better.
All that said, Clemson is an impressive program itself in the ACC, so it's not like it would be a cakewalk for Kelly and the Fighting Irish to get Robinson to decommit.
Clemson also has a slight advantage in regards to its depth chart. The Tigers only have six wideouts on their current depth chart right now according to Rivals, and their 2013 class only has three receivers committed—including Robinson. Notre Dame, on the other hand, has eight wide receivers on its current depth chart and also has three receivers committed to their 2013 class—not including Robinson.
Still, Robinson's quotes would suggest that he really enjoyed his time at Notre Dame, and considering all that the Irish are bringing to the table, they have to be considered the main threat to flip the 4-star wideout away from Clemson.
I expect that this will be a tight recruiting battle, and the winner may very well come down to who has the better year on the field. If Notre Dame can keep winning and perhaps get themselves in the National Championship conversation, it would have an advantage over Clemson that could make all the difference.
For now though, it still does appear like Notre Dame has made a lasting impression with the 4-star wide receiver, and if he was to flip away from his commitment to Clemson, I'd give the Irish the inside track on being able to make that happen.
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