A: He doesn’t want to be compared to his dad. He wants to make a name for himself. In the recruiting process that was kind of a back-and-forth battle. ‘Do I want to go there?’ Nah, he is going to be his own guy. He is going to do what he needs to do. He is going to be able to do that. His dad can attest to that. Marcel is a really, really good player. It’s hard to compare him to anyone.
Robinson on top CB recruit Vernon Hargreaves III:
Q: Why is Hargreaves III considered such a good prospect?
A: He’s got all the skills we’re looking for. His ball skills are outstanding. He has a great vertical jump. He’s got finish down the field. He played both ways. He played some offense at receiver, so that talks of his ball skills. He’s the best corner coming out. He’s got to come in and learn what to do, but he’s exactly what we’re looking for from an athletic standpoint. He is physical and does all the things we need.
Q: What caught your eye about Vernon the first time you saw him play in person?
A: He’s strong. He’s got really strong hands, he moves very well, and he’s got great lateral quickness as well as vertical speed. When I went to see him play, he made some amazing catches that showed his vertical leap and showed his range.
Q: How does he fit in here defensively?
A: They really played him a lot at safety just so he could play on both sides of the field. When he just found a home at corner, which he did in the Under Armour Game, I thought that was kind of a milestone for him. I told him he was going to have a lot of spotlight on him as the No. 1 [ranked] corner in the country. A lot comes with that. The one thing I wanted to try and see was how when the grand stage is there, how would he respond. He responded very, very, very, very well. He was excited about his performance. I was excited about his performance. I think that speaks volumes about this kid.
Q: As the son of a coach, can you tell he’s got a higher football IQ than some young players?
A: No question. The guy has been around ball his whole life. He kind of got his start when he was at the University of Miami, his dad [was a coach] there for a while. His dad always talked about that and showed him pictures of him backpedaling with the guys … he remembers that. He knew this was something that he wanted to do for a long time. College football is hard, and he knows that because he has seen that – the football part, the academic part, the social part, all of it. He understands the game. He sees it before it happens. That’s what enables him to jump up on routes and do things like that.
Gators offensive coordinator Brent Pease on QB Max Staver:
Q: What makes Staver an intriguing prospect?
A: The thing about him is the offense that he’s been in is pretty spread. He is a big kid. I think there are some things he does have to improve on athletically, but he kind of came on at the end. He really started to show up in these Elite 11s. I visited a lot with [former NFL quarterback] Trent Dilfer on the kid, and he really took a liking and thought this kid was going to explode. I think he had a good year. He came here, he competed. He throws the ball extremely well. He’s got a very strong arm and is accurate.
Q: At 6-foot-6, 235 pounds, can he move pretty well for that size?
A: Yeah, he can move well enough. I mean, is he Jeff Driskel? Probably not. There would be a few things we would have to do differently, but he’ll get better and better, especially once he gets into our weight program.
Q: How did he get on your radar?
A: I think he got on our radar through just some film evaluation we got.
Q: How important was adding a quarterback to this class?
A: You try and sign a quarterback every year. I want to get to where this place was kind of like I knew it on the outside. You’ve got two or three guys that are NFL-type guys here, and they compete and earn their time. You don’t want to be quarterback-poor.
New defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin on LB Jarrad Davis: