South Carolina coach Will Muschamp has a simple rule when it comes to building a staff.
“It’s always been my philosophy you better hire you a play caller, you better hire you a good defensive coordinator, you better hire you an offensive line coach, and if the rest of them can’t recruit they can’t coach here,” he said Monday. “That’s the bottom line.”
In Travaris Robinson’s case, Muschamp is not only hiring a defensive coordinator but also one of the best recruiters in the country.
Robinson, who is expected to officially be named to USC’s staff soon, signed three four-star prospects that had previously been committed to other schools after joining Muschamp in Auburn in early December last year. He signed four four-star prospects in total.
Tim Irvin was committed to Texas and Carlton Davis was committed to Ohio State when Robinson took over as lead recruiter for the two. Both players, along with former UNC commit Javarius Davis, ultimately signed with the Tigers.
“As a recruiter Travaris Robinson is really highly thought of,” James Crepea, who covers Auburn for al.com said. “He’s a younger guy who gets across to young recruits very well. He’s extremely energetic and passionate in everything he does, recruiting included.”
Robinson was born in Miami and played high school football there before playing in college at Auburn.
Prior to coaching defensive backs for the Tigers, he spent four seasons with Muschamp at Florida, serving as the lead recruit for 10 four-star players who signed with the Gators and two five-star prospects.
In the past, Robinson has recruited mostly Florida, particularly the Miami area.
Carlton Davis out of Miami led the Tigers in interceptions in 2015 with three as a true freshman. Irvin also received playing time, appearing in 10 games and making 18 tackles with two pass breakups and two quarterback hurries.
Crepea said Robinson isn’t afraid to play guys early, which helps on the recruiting trail. There should be playing time available on a South Carolina team that just wrapped up a 3-9 season.
“He brought in three freshmen from the Miami area to Auburn’s secondary this past year. It was an area that was being completely gutted,” Crepea said. “They lost five guys from one position area from one way or another. He landed three true freshmen who had committed elsewhere originally in that area... Carlton Davis played a lot and he was productive.”
During his time at Florida, Robinson was the lead recruiter for Vernon Hargreaves III, a former five-star prospect who is widely considered to be one of the top cornerbacks in the country.