Aaron Robinson, a cornerback from Deerfield Beach, Fla., flipped his commitment from Florida to Alabama on National Signing Day, doing so late Wednesday morning.
Aaron Robinson flips from Florida to Alabama. Interesting move for Robinson. Alabama has now gained 4 ESPN 300 CB commits in last three days— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) February 3, 2016
Robinson is a three-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings, checking in as the No. 57 corner and No. 646 player in the class of 2016 in those ratings. But Robinson has the size, at 6'1" and 185 pounds, to be a player in an SEC secondary, as witnessed by both Florida and Alabama — two schools with some knowledge of secondary play — pursuing him.
Robinson originally committed to Florida in June 2015, and was thought of as a lightly-regarded prospect then. Since, he's seen his stock rise, with Alabama making him a priority — along with a slew of other Florida commits, many of whom have resisted the Crimson Tide's efforts — late in the fall.
Robinson is a bit of a risky take for Alabama, though, and would have been for any school, Florida included: He was unable to take official visits in January because he lacked a test score on file that would have permitted him to do so, forcing any school wanting to allocate a scholarship for him to take it on faith that he will qualify academically.
Robinson was the only pure corner in Florida's 2016 class, with enrollees Chauncey Gardner and McArthur Burnett more likely to play at various spots in the secondary, Quincy Lenton and Jeawon Taylor profiling as safeties, and C.J. McWilliams seemingly a man without a position as of yet.