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BREAKING: 5-star CB Ellis Robinson IV Commits to Kirby Smart, Georgia Bulldogs

January 31, 2023

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ATHENS - Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs continue to DOMINATE on the recruiting trail.

The Bulldogs are off to a terrific start in next year’s 2024 class, and today they’ve added a commitment from one of the top overall prospects in the country in 5-star CB Ellis Robinson IV‍.

A dynamic defensive back from New York who now plays at IMG Academy (FL), Robinson IV has been leaning Georgia’s way for some time now, and today he made his commitment to Georgia public, choosing the Bulldogs over Alabama, Miami, LSU, and Colorado.

Robinson took an unofficial visit to Athens the weekend of January 14th, and after that visit the 5-star told Dawg Post that the Bulldogs were “No. 1” in his recruitment.

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Why did Robinson choose Georgia?

“The people in the building are pretty special”, Robinson once told Dawg Post. “They make sure you feel comfortable and at home. Also, the relationship my family and I have built with coach Fran Brown, coach Will Muschamp and coach Kirby Smart has been genuine and sincere. They definitely make me feel like a priority.”

“The coaches are great from top to bottom”, Robinson added. “There’s a lot of talent in the building and they keep adding more. Great coaching staff plus talent equals success. UGA just checks all the boxes for me and my family. I believe coach Fran, coach Muschamp & coach Smart can develop me and get me ready for the next level.”

What does he like the most about DBs coach Fran Brown?

“Coach Fran is just a genuine person. He can reach his players in a lot of different ways. He genuinely cares about you on and off the field. I’ve been building a relationship with coach Fran for about two years and he never switched up on me. I was a priority for him the entire time. I love his consistency in his relationship with me and my parents.”

Robinson was in Athens last November to watch the Bulldogs embarrass the No. 1-ranked Tennessee Volunteers. Sources say Georgia had the lead in Robinson’s recruitment coming into that visit, and held a very comfortable lead after that weekend.

“The way they dominated was impressive. I was really impressed with the way they executed the game plan. I was also impressed by the coaching on both sides of the ball. Coach Smart isn’t just the best coach in college football but he’s a players coach. He loves his guys and his guys love him. I knew I could an see myself playing for coach Smart.”

“My parents and I sat through the whole thing in the rain”, Robinson added. “I could not hear my parents and they were sitting right next to me. Loudest stadium I’ve ever been in. It was crazy.”

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What Will Robinson bring to Athens?

Length and ball skills.

He’s a natural in coverage with good size at 6-foot-0 180-pounds, but it’s his long wingspan that helps make him one of the nation’s top defenders.

Not only does he show tremendous hands, he runs well, has a great motor, and does a great job of making a play on the ball. He’s fundamentally sound, shows great footwork, and brings a physical presence. He’s a sure tackler, but his ability to lock down receivers in coverage make him one of the top recruits across the country for the 2024 class.

He’s instinctive, shows fluid hips, and knows how to bait quarterbacks into making throws they shouldn’t. Of course, when the ball is in the air, he turns into a receiver. The 5-star started his career at Iona Prep (NY) where he picked off eight passes as a sophomore in 2021. Last year he played down in Florida at IMG Academy.

He’s ranked as the No. 1 CB prospect, the No. 6 prospect in Florida and the No. 13 overall prospect in the 2024 class according to the 247 Composite Rankings.


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