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Florida recruiting Deerfield Beach's Robinson as quarterback

GAINESVILLE -- Florida coach Urban Meyer is recruiting Deerfield Beach star athlete Denard Robinson as a quarterback, according to former Deerfield Beach coach Art Taylor.

Denard Robinson [PICTURED], the Bucks' starting quarterback for three seasons, received an in-home visit from Meyer on Wednesday. Known as 'Shoelace' by his friends and coaches, Robinson is a gifted athlete who could also play receiver or defensive back in college. He wants to play quarterback at the next level, according to Taylor.

"Shoelace runs a 4.3, has a canon for an arm and is very smart," Taylor said. "He can play quarterback anywhere in college."

As a three-year starter for Deerfield Beach, Robinson was at his best against some of the toughest competition in the nation. Led by Robinson, Deerfield Beach defeated both Miami Northwestern (preseason) and Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas in 2007.

Robinson is also being recruited by Kansas State, Michigan, Central Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. Robinson's high school teammate, Adrian Witty, a cornerback, is also a top prep prospect and is being recruited by Kansas State, Central Florida and Michigan.

Florida is not recruiting Witty, which could hurt the Gators' chances of landing Robinson next Wednesday on National Signing Day. According to Taylor, the two high school friends would like to remain teammates in college.

"They would like to have an opportunity to play in college together," Taylor said. "They're going to have that opportunity."

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