UK Recruiting

UK football recruiting: Henry Clay junior defensive back commits to Cats

Henry Clay's Davonte Robinson,9, stiff armed Lafayette's Mason Alstatt, 14, as Lafayette played Henry Clay  on Friday  September 26, 2014  in Lexington, Ky .Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff
Henry Clay's Davonte Robinson,9, stiff armed Lafayette's Mason Alstatt, 14, as Lafayette played Henry Clay on Friday September 26, 2014 in Lexington, Ky .Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff Herald-Leader

Keeping Kentucky's best football players at home has been one of UK's primary recruiting goals under Coach Mark Stoops.

His coaching staff did it again Wednesday night with a commitment from Henry Clay standout Davonte Robinson, who is considered one of the state's top prospects in the class of 2016.

Robinson — a 6-foot-2, 171-pound cornerback — is UK's fourth commitment for the class of 2016 and the third junior from Kentucky to pick the Cats.

"I just felt like it was home, and I was more comfortable over there when I visited," Robinson told the Herald-Leader. "I like the way that they've turned the program around and how good they've become. I like the defense as a whole, and I just want to be part of it."

UK cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley is Robinson's primary recruiter at UK, and he was the one who took the commitment call. Robinson also spoke with Stoops and defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot on Wednesday night.

"They were excited," he said.

Robinson joins Lafayette offensive lineman Landon Young and McCracken County athlete Zy'Aire Hughes in UK's class of 2016.

Stoops landed commitments from highly touted in-state players Ryan Timmons and Jason Hatcher during his first few months in charge of the program last year. His coaching staff followed that by bringing in four of the state's top five players in the class of 2014.

UK already has a commitment from four-star Warren East linebacker Eli Brown for 2015, and the Cats are in prime position to land five-star Madison Southern running back Damien Harris.

The state's talent pool for the class of 2016 is deep, and UK is off to a great start.

Robinson has visited the campus several times on recruiting trips and attended home games against Vanderbilt and UT-Martin earlier this season. He plans to be back at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday for the Cats' clash with Louisiana-Monroe.

"It's been loud," he said. "I love the atmosphere."

Georgia native Jordan Griffin — the only out-of-state commitment in UK's class — is ranked by ESPN as the No. 7 cornerback in the junior class.

The UK coaches believe they have a steal in Robinson, a tall, athletic defensive back who won the state Class 3A 100-meter title as a sophomore last spring.

"They've told me that they like my speed and what I can bring to the game," Robinson said. "I like to play man coverage, so if they want me to run with somebody, I'll run with them. I'm a big hitter — I can hit in the open field. And I'll run somebody down if I have to."

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