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Florida Gators’ Travaris Robinson receives praise for recruiting work


Miami Herald Writer

Ace recruiter

Defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson is rapidly making national headlines.

Robinson, a Miami native, is UF’s primary recruiter for South Florida and was central in landing the verbal commitments from the talented local trio — 2014 prospects Chris Lammons (Plantation), Ermon Lane (Homestead) and Quincy Wilson (University School).

“T-Rob’s the best. He’s the best I’ve been around,” defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin said. “He’s an unbelievable recruiter. The guy works relentlessly at it.”

Robinson is in his third year at Florida and was on coach Will Muschamp’s defensive staff at Auburn (2007) as a graduate assistant.

The 31-year-old coach is also responsible for landing 2014 five-star running back Dalvin Cook (Miami Central), as well as leading what many believe to be the nation’s top cornerback unit.

“I’ve been around a lot of good coaches, luckily, in my career, and I don’t know one better than him at what he does,” Durkin said. “He will be a head coach one day. There’s no reason he won’t be.”

Peterson back

Former Gators All-American linebacker Mike Peterson, a 14-year NFL veteran and UF Athletic Hall of Fame member, has returned to school to complete his undergraduate degree in sociology and coach the Gators as a student assistant.

Peterson needs just two classes to graduate and said he’s excited about the opportunity to return to his hometown.

Peterson has not formally retired from the NFL, saying, “No need to rush.” He admitted it would be a tough choice if an NFL team called and wants to be sure that door is closed all the way.

“That’s the linebacker still talking,” he said. “My knees and elbows might be saying something else.”

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