Article cover photo by Harrison Smith, Jr., leader of the Tight Action organization, Samarian Robinson and Ernie Sims; The photo was given to Inside The Knights by Harrison Smith.
Football recruitment is on the rise for the UCF Knights. Saturday was proof of that.
The second verbal commitment for the edge defender entering Class 2024 Sincerely Edwards from Apopka (Fla.) Wekiva, has announced his decision to play his college football game in Orlando.
Land a pledge Samarian Robinsonfrom Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln, was another indication that UCF can recruit with any team in the country because of their skill level and the types of schools Robinson was recruited from.
Discuss his skills in a moment, but let’s dive into the programs that have recruited him so far.
Among others, Robinson has seen offers from UCF, Maryland, Arkansas, Louisville, East Carolina, Tulane and Cincinnati. He’s from the Florida Panhandle, though, and that’s a big deal.
This area of the Sunshine State doesn’t get half as much attention from college coaches as the I-4 corridor between the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Coast. Additionally, Tallahassee and the Florida Panhandle probably don’t see a quarter of what Broward County or Dade County sees in terms of college coaches working together to recruit those two counties in South Florida.
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Still, Florida, Florida State and many other programs have kept a close eye on Robinson in addition to the offers he’s already received. Once college coaches get more rounds during spring training in May, his bid list will skyrocket.
Robinson was part of a huge UCF Recruitment Weekend with visitors from many countries. It was great for Gus Malzahn and the Knights to land his pledge and he could help draw the attention of other top recruits. Having pulled Robinson’s film up there is reason to see why other prospects would want to play with him.
It’s obvious how talented this young man has become. His sideline-to-sideline playmaking ability drew attention. Robinson drove through ball carriers to bring them down, fended off blockers with fast hands and feet, and played in open space while in cover.
Robinson has shown he can be a great linebacker for the Knights in the Big 12 Conference. It was also the largest requirement position for the 2024 recruit class.
Linebacker coach Ernie Sims directed Robinson’s recruitment, but landing such talent took some effort from the staff. Well done. As for Robinson, one more point about how he worked in the weight room as well.
This is what a Power 5 middle linebacker should look like.
Make no mistake, Robinson’s engagement was a big deal. UCF football was and is on the rise.
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