Demarcus Robinson is yet again committed to play football for the Clemson Tigers after flipping for the second time in under a week.
Last week, Robinson flipped his verbal commitment from Clemson to Florida stating that "he felt at home" with Florida.
Today, according to Keith Niebuhr of 247Sports, Robinson has flipped back to Clemson:
The wild ride of four-star wide receiver Demarcus Robinson of Peach County (Ga.), the No. 186 prospect and No. 22 receiver, took another strange turn Monday when he committed back to Clemson, Peach County coach Chad Campbell confirmed with 247Sports.
This is definitely a moment of redemption for Dabo Swinney and his staff, especially considering that Robinson projects to be a fairly good wide receiver at the college level. At 6'1.5'', 196 pounds and running a 4.65 40 according to 247Sports, he has a great combination of size and speed for the position.
In fact, he's ranked as the No. 12 wideout in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
As much as losing his commitment hurt Clemson recruiting, gaining it back will definitely help. He's the type of wideout that can really help stretch the field with his speed, and he has ability to go up and make a play on the ball because of his length.
He's a playmaker that fits perfectly in the Tigers' offensive scheme. The question now becomes: "Is his commitment to Clemson final?"
Unfortunately, there's no solid answer for this question. The world of college football recruiting is filled with ups and downs, ebbs and flows, and verbal commitments can be changed at a moment's notice.
The fact that Robinson already decommited from Clemson once can't be too assuring for Swinney and his staff, but conversely, getting him back has to be encouraging, right?
For now, encouraging is the proper word, because nobody saw this flip coming.
Robinson turning down one of the better programs in the country that also happens to play in the best conference in the country is somewhat shocking, but it's a recruiting point Clemson can hang its hat on—almost as a way to show other elite recruits that Clemson is indeed a viable option over the SEC.
Clemson has also been trending in the wrong direction in recruiting ever since losing the commitment of No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche, but this flip will provide them with some much needed momentum.
Positive and negative vibes surrounding a program's recruiting efforts can and do impact the way other recruits look at said program. By getting Robinson back on board, Clemson can at the very least try to start building some positive momentum, which will hopefully help them bring in a few more top-notch recruits.
As far as Robinson is concerned, you can never really tell in recruiting, but I'd say the chances of him flipping for a third time are slim. There's an opportunity to be a great player in Clemson's offensive scheme, and as it stands he is one of the marquee recruits in their 2013 class.
That opportunity should be enough to keep Robinson firmly committed to the Tigers for the remainder of the process—"should" being the key word in that statement.
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