Archive for Monday, May 31, 2010

Florida prep picks KU

May 31, 2010


All that time Kansas University football coach Turner Gill and his staff spent recruiting Florida during the past six months appears to have paid off. is reporting that cornerback Chris Robinson, 5-foot-9, 170 pounds, from Lake Mary (Fla.) High, has committed to KU.

Clocked at 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash and with a vertical leap of 34 inches, Robinson is described by his high school coach as having excellent ball skills, terrific off-the-field traits and a physical nature.

Robinson was scheduled to visit Lawrence in the next few weeks, but decided to commit before the trip because of the relationship he built with KU assistant coaches Robert Wimberly (safeties) and Vic Shealy (cornerbacks). He still plans to tour KU’s campus in June.

Robinson, who also stars as a sprinter for the Lake Mary track team, also had been receiving interest from Connecticut, Kentucky, Mississippi, Purdue and Vanderbilt. His only offers, however, came from KU, Georgia Southern and Louisiana-Lafayette.

The Florida junior becomes the fourth player from the Class of 2011 to commit to Kansas, joining running backs Darrian Miller (Blue Springs, Mo.), Dreamius Smith (Wichita Heights) and linebacker Jake Love (Tonkawa, Okla.). Miller has since decommitted from KU, but Gill and Co. remain on his list of possible destinations.

Rankings out Tuesday

Tuesday will mark the beginning of the ranking period for as the first in a series of six release dates will arrive.

The process will begin with the naming of the Rivals100, which ranks the top 100 players in the Class of 2011 throughout the nation. The rankings will broaden and continue from there in the following order: June 2, Rivals250; June 3, the remaining four-star players are named; June 7, offensive-position rankings; June 8, defensive-position rankings; June 14, first round of state-by-state rankings.


heybluekc 8 years ago

This is beginning to worry me

Robinson has also had been receiving interest from Connecticut, Kentucky, Mississippi, Purdue and Vanderbilt. His only offers, however, came from KU, Georgia Southern and Louisiana-Lafayette.

Sounds like the great players Terry Allen was bringing in. Lets see he received intrest (which any decent player in the country gets letters from virtually every school) And HIS ONLY OFFERS, came from Georgia Southren and Louisiana-Lafayette. ...Turner your telling me this kid is from Florida and there are no offers or intrest from Florida Atlantic, Central Florida, or South Florida and not to mention FSU or UF???? I hear your gonna be great and I'm behind you 100% but I believe this is the third recruit we have committed that has no offers from any other big time school. Be careful man. This is not Buffalo you cant win with cute never heard of players.

banksie 8 years ago

I wonder about the same things. However, it might be too generous to say he "won" at Buffalo, as he went 20-30 in four seasons with a winning record only one of those years.

esteshawk 8 years ago

Folks - this is Gil's first class. He is not going to be able to get Prime Rib the first time out. But, this is a start. He can build on this going into the next recruiting period. He's got a "Florida recruit" and that is a toe in the door. Geez - let's let Gill at least put together one recruiting class. Maybe even let him coach a game or two before passing judgement.

Jock Navels 8 years ago

The big difference between Turner Gill and Terry Allen...or Mangino...he PLAYED THE GAME at the highest level...he knows what it takes...and he's a gentleman...all you naysayers should start digging your holes now, so in a few years you got a deep place to go hide.

kansasredlegs 8 years ago

The big difference between Mangino and Gill / Allen is that Mangino has WON at the highest level (BCS - Orange Bowl, National Coach of Year just in case you've forgotten) while neither Gill nor Allen did. Mangino also never played College ball but learned how to win.

If playing the Game at the highest level is all it takes, then there would be many successful ex-played-it-at-the-highest-level-player-turned coaches ... I would argue that those who didn't play at the highest level are more successful, because they had to be a student of the game. Having played at the highest level doesn't correlate into automatic success.

Wish Coach Gill the best, but I'll save that hole for you until proven otherwise.

Graczyk 8 years ago

Why does everyone overlook Gill's coaching experience at NU?

riverdrifter 8 years ago

"Terry Allen looks good."

If you knew a single damn thing, you'd know that Terry Allen never once looked good as a coach. Never. Nice guy, yes. And we all know about nice guys.

BTW, Beo, I did an accounting and over the last five years my aggregate total of attendance at KU FB/BB games comes to 44 games. What's your total???

Alfred_W 8 years ago

kubacker have you forgotten Ron Prince already?

riverdrifter 8 years ago

JTF, except that Perkins didn't hire Self, you're spot on. Gray-Little ain't gonna fire Perkins though she may super steamed at him, not for a while -at least until realignment shakes out, if she's got common sense and I think she does. Beo don't like bible thumpers and is blinded by that. Either that or the usual: Perk jerked his BB tickets from him or somebody close. Whatever.

Graczyk 8 years ago

Why do people think Gill is a bible-thumper rather than simply a Christian? (I'm not addressing that to you, River.)

Jay Keffer 8 years ago

Why are you such a religious bigot? So much for the vaunted tolerance you profess. Why so much hatin'??

1983Hawk 8 years ago

Ok State also had a black coach in the mid to late 1990s, but don't let any facts get in the way of one of your "affirmative action gone wild" rants.

independent_rebel 8 years ago

John Blake at Oklahoma in the mid to late 1990s. Horrible coach.

1983Hawk 8 years ago

Ok State had a guy too whose name escapes me. I had forgotten about Blake. Looks like Gill is number 4. Real groundbreaking stuff, but that's why kubacker would have us believe he got the job and will retain it indefinitely even if he sucks.

1983Hawk 8 years ago

You guys need to get off Gill. No need to trash this kid just because Alabama, Florida and Texas hadn't offered. As was noted, with that kind of speed and vertical, he projects as an athlete. If he can't become a good defensive back, maybe he can run back kicks. You go into Florida just to say you were able to get into Florida, frankly. For all you whiners know, there's a sophomore on that team we're even more interested in, and Gill is trying to build a pipeline.

1983Hawk 8 years ago

Bob Simmons coached at Ok State from 1995-2000. So you've got Simmons, Blake, and Prince all before Gill.

1983Hawk 8 years ago

Bob Simmons coached at Ok State from 1995-2000. So you've got Simmons, Blake, and Prince all before Gill.

kujhawkfan 8 years ago

Coach Gill will be fine people. He has surrounded himself with two of the best coordinators in the business who both have head coaching experience. Coach Long was regarded as the best offensive coordinator in the nation not too many years ago at OU. For anybody to talk about Mangino is a joke. Finishing last in the Big 12 & losing the last 7 games of the season with Reesing, Meier, Briscoe, Sharp, and Stuckey on the roster was the worst coaching job in the country last year. We can't be any worse than we were last year which was dead last...

BigAl 8 years ago

The great coach Mangino lost 7 games in a row and probably should have lost to Iowa State making it 8 in a row. His overall Big12 record was pathetic and he himself was a total jerk. Just ask those that saw him at the high school game or how he tore into the poor parking attendant just doing her job. Life is too short to be around people like Mangino.

Good riddance.

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