Steve Sarkisian and his staff have not backed down from big-boy recruitments, and the recruitment of D’antre Robinson definitely fit the bill of a big-boy recruitment at 6’4, 315 pounds.
When you have the likes of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, and Ohio State after you then it is safe to say you are highly-sought after and you possess a baseline talent that college coaches think can eventually be developed into an NFL draft pick.
This was a tough recruitment due to the nature of the competition, but after Robinson was able to visit Austin, the vibes started trending towards Texas. Florida refused to go quietly into the night in this recruitment, but when it came to decision time, the Longhorns won out.
BREAKING: Four-Star DL D’antre Robinson tells me he has Committed to Texas!— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) July 20, 2023
The 6’4 305 DL from Orlando, FL chose the Longhorns over Florida, Alabama, Georgia, & Ohio State
Holds a total of 62 Offers
“I am expected to come in early and play.”https://t.co/RgurG69v1j pic.twitter.com/TlPrUEkEgd
Despite his commitment to Texas, Billy Napier and the Gators did not relent. There was even a moment where things became a little unsettled and it sounded like Florida was gaining some momentum. The Texas staff was able to get Robinson back to Austin during the season and reaffirm his pledge to the Longhorns and now he is officially in the boat after signing his National Letter of Intent on Early Signing Day.
This was a bit of a bellweather recruitment for me to see how things would trend for the Texas staff on the recruiting trail heading into the season. Not only were they able to land Robinson, but they were able to fend off programs who held a proximity advantage over them. The season playing out favorably definitely didn’t hurt the staff’s effort in that regard, but that is factor that can be tough to overcome in some recruitments.
Here is my analysis of Robinson back from when he committed to Texas over the summer:
Robinson possesses a really good size at 6’4, 300 pounds and has big, burly frame. Defensive tackles who rock single digit numbers and gold fronts will always score points with me. If I’m calling the shots, I will load up on as many kids who fit that criteria as long as the football side of the equation checks out. Robinson checks the boxes on the football side several times over. Possesses good burst off the snap has more than adequate quickness and COD for guy his size. Displays very good play strength on tape and has good power in his hands, as he is routinely able to control and shed blockers. Rarely if ever displaced from the LOS by blockers. Uses his hands and length well, as he is able to keep blockers locked out and keep his eyes in the backfield. Possesses a good motor and will make plays due to high effort. Profiles as a guy who could be a plus pass rusher, but still lacks polish in that regard. He uses his hands well, but is more of a power rusher who will need to add more tools to his arsenal, which is common for guys at this stage. Didn’t test well athletically in the vertical, but when I see a defensive tackle throwing down a dunk on the hardwood I tend to not overreact as much.
Who said I couldn’t dunk anymore ?! pic.twitter.com/tmXO9YoDGo— D’antre Robinson (@FleezyT12) April 7, 2023
I think he can project to either defensive tackle spot at the next level, but I’d personally like to see him cut loose at three-tech. There is a lot of upside here with Robinson and I think this is a damn good win on the recruiting trail for Bo Davis when you consider the programs who have been in hot pursuit of Robinson during the cycle.
Texas is set to lose some good players to the NFL after the conclusion of this season, but they are definitely doing a solid job of restocking the pantry with more talent by landing guys like Robinson. Over the last three seasons, Robinson has recorded 216 tackles, 43 tackles for loss, 21 sacks, and two forced fumbles.
A consensus three-star prospect, Robinson is the No. 249 prospect nationally and the No. 33 defensive lineman, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.