South Carolina’s long courtship of cornerback Jahquez Robinson of Jacksonville, Florida takes the next step this weekend as he is scheduled for his official visit with the Gamecocks. He and his parents plan to come in after his game Friday night though he wasn’t clued in on all the particulars since his father has been handling the details with Gamecock recruiter Travaris Robinson.
Jahquez Robinson, who remains committed to Alabama, also has taken an official visit to Oklahoma, and he visited Florida unofficially for the Auburn game.
“I want to see the in-game experience versus a top ten opponent and just hang on,” Robinson said. “They knocked out Georgia last week and they’ll need the same type of intensity. And the way their DBs played and the way they’ve been stepping up so far, I really want to see that.”
Robinson has been front and center heading up the Gamecocks’ recruitment of Robinson. Will Muschamp also has been very active and Robinson has been talking with both regularly thru the process.
“I talked to T-Rob a couple of days ago,” Robinson said. “He has a real good relationship with my trainer. He’s got a good connection with him and I talk to T-Rob and him all the time. I got to talk to Muschamp last night, or night before last. He was telling me about the Vernon Hargreaves story, how Vernon Hargreaves started as a freshman at the University of Florida. He told me I can do the same thing. I can get on the field early with Jaycee Horn and Israel (Mukuamu), and I think that would be one of the best secondaries in the country.”
Robinson, like millions of others, was glued to his TV screen last Saturday as the Gamecocks scored the biggest upset of the season with the win at Georgia. Robinson was impressed.
“They are kind of in a rebuilding process and I was like, I can be a part of that,” he said. “I just liked to watch how they kept fighting, how Israel was making plays. That shows how coach T-Rob coaches. That meant a lot to me and my pops.”
The big elephant in the room with Robinson’s recruiting remains Alabama. While he’s visiting other schools and saying nice things about most of them, no one has knocked the Crimson Tide from their perch.
“I feel like Alabama is still number one for me,” Robinson said. “Me and my family and my dad understand that. But along with that, my dad wants me to take my official visits and look at other schools, not just be locked in one just because I committed so early without taking my visits. He wants me to keep an open eye for other schools and be open to other schools. But, Alabama is still number one for me.”
One major change with Robinson’s recruitment involves Florida. Following his recent visit there, Robinson told a Florida website the Gators sat second on his list. That is no longer the case.
“Honestly, after that visit, I’m not really sure if I’ll be considering them very much just because my dad doesn’t want me close to home because of a recent incident that happened with a friend,” Robinson said referring to the shooting death Wednesday of one of his friends. “He wants me to kind of get out of the state, so I’m more so looking to get out of Florida.”
Robinson said he does not have any other visits planned right now, though it stands to reason he would make it back to Alabama for the showdown with LSU in November.
▪ Webster, Wisconsin 2021 RHP/INF Owen Washburn committed to South Carolina on Thursday night. Perfect Game had this scouting report on Washburn following a 2018 showcase: Primary shortstop, shows quickness to footwork moving towards the ball, shows a feel for mechanics with clean and loose actions which he repeats well, fields out front and funnels into a clean arm action, gets on top of throws and shows carry across the diamond with accuracy on throws. Also pitched, simple side step into a leg lift up above belt; smooth and easy arm action through the back working to a three-quarters release point. Gets tall on backside and shows nice balance over the rubber, repeats well and ran fastball up to 83 mph, mostly true in life with command. Flashed breaking ball with 10-4 shape with short depth at 71 mph. Lefthanded hitter, begins with an even base and utilizes a hanging leg lift trigger for timing in the box, can continue to implement additional shift through lower half moving into contact. Does a nice job of staying compact with swing and shows a handle for the barrel, gets hands extended out front and can work to all fields. Has present bat speed to swing and projects moving forward with added strength.
▪ Gamecocks wide receiver target Semaj James of Tallahassee plans to name a top five soon according to a Thursday afternoon tweet. He camped at USC and Clemson last summer and the Gamecocks have offered.
▪ South Carolina offered 2021 wide receiver Jaden Alexis (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) of Pompano Beach, Florida.
▪ USC offered 2023 WR Adarius Redmond of Powell, Tennessee. He plans to visit Saturday for the Florida game.