Clemson Recruiting Suffers Huge Blow from Demarcus Robinson Flipping to Florida

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIDecember 13, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

The Clemson Tigers has lost another commitment, and while decommitments are never a good thing, this one is really a monumental loss.

4-star receiver Demarcus Robinson has decommited from Clemson and has flipped to Florida.

Robinson was one of Dabo Swinney's marquee recruits, especially offensively, but now he's committed to play football for Will Muschamp and the Gators.

Derek Tyson of ESPN.com reports on the decommitment:

ESPN 300 wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (Fort Valley, Ga./Peach Co.) has switched his verbal commitment from Clemson to Florida. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound four-star athlete becomes the fifth pass-catcher to pledge to the Gators.

Robinson, who's the No. 157-ranked player in the country, said he just felt more comfortable with the Gators, who had an in-home visit on Wednesday

Here's what Robinson had to say about his decision, per Tyson's report:

"I just feel at home at Florida," Robinson said. "I was talking to Coach [Will] Muschamp the other day and he really just reopened my eyes. So did coach [Joker] Phillips. They are both great guys. Coach Phillips is a great guy, he has produced a lot of athletes under him."

Florida now stands at 24 commitments and is ranked No. 2 overall by Rivals.com. Clemson, on the other hand, falls to 15 commitments and loses a very good wide receiver recruit.

Robinson is 6'1.5'', 196 pounds and runs a 4.65 40, according to 247Sports. He has great measurables for a wideout, but he's also very skilled. He's ranked as the No. 12 overall wide receiver recruit, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

This really is a devastating loss for Clemson—there's no way around it.

If there's any good news to be found here for Tigers fans, it's that they still have commitments from two other wide receivers in 4-star Ryan Jenkins and 4-star Mike Williams—the latter projecting to be very good at 6'4'', 210 pounds, running a 4.53 40, according to 247Sports.

They also find themselves in the top five of 4-star receiver Marquez North's  interest list, although North Carolina and Tennessee are currently listed as the leaders (247Sports).

While Clemson will have to scramble to recover, Florida is looking very good at the position.

Robinson becomes the Gators' fourth wide receiver commit, and he'll be a productive member of the unit, so Florida fans have to be feeling very good about the flip.

Clemson's loss ended up being Florida's gain, and what a loss it was.

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