New Miami Hurricanes DB coach Travaris Robinson specializes in blue chip signees

GAINESVILLE, FL - APRIL 9: (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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New Miami Hurricanes defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson has specialized in blue-chip (four and five-star) signees throughout his coaching career. Robinson has been credited with signing three five-star players and 20 four-stars throughout his coaching career. Six of those 23 signees were from South Florida.

The Miami Hurricanes have missed on several high profile defensive backs from South Florida in recent years. The prevailing thought is that former Miami cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph was reassigned in the Hurricanes football program due to not being able to sign the blue-chip players at that position.

The three five-star players that Robinson was credited were two CBs and a defensive tackle. Vernon Hargreaves III and Teez Tabor were CBs who signed in the classes of 2013 and 2014 with Florida and are from Tampa and Washington D.C. Defensive tackle Jordan Burch was a 2020 South Carolina signee from Columbia, South Carolina.

Robinson is credited with signees from 10 different states and Washington D.C. The Coral Park High School alum has signed players from as far away as Yuma, Arizona. Robinson has been a graduate assistant and DB coach at his alma mater Auburn and DBs coach at Western Kentucky, Southern Miss, Florida and Texas Tech.

For the last five years, Robinson has been the defensive coordinator and DBs coach at South Carolina. Robinson lost his job with the Gamecocks after the season following the firing of head coach Will Muschamp in November. The hiring of Robinson is an upgrade for the Miami staff and their recruiting.

Former Miami co-defensive coordinator Ephraim Banda was credited with signing one of the top two safeties in each of the Hurricanes last two classes. Safety and DT should anchor the Miami defense in 2021. Avantae Williams who was the second-ranked safety in the Class of 2020 had to sit out in 2020 because of a medical issue.

The Miami Hurricanes signed the top-ranked safety in the Class of 2021 James Williams. Keeping the unrelated pair from South Florida was huge for the Hurricanes. Miami has to begin to sign similar players at CB. The Hurricanes are woefully thin at CB for the 2021 season. Miami only returns five scholarship CBs in 2021.

Juniors Al Blades and D.J. Ivey, sophomore Te’Cory Couch and freshmen Marcus Clarke and Isaiah Dunson are the only CBs returning on the Miami roster. Three-star athlete Malik Curtis signed with Miami in the Class of 2021. Miami could add a CB through the transfer portal. The 2022 class CB will be a priority.

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Robinson will work in tandem with the recently promoted DeMarcus Van Dyke who is replacing Rumph as the CBs coach. With the proven ability to recruit players from South Florida and from throughout the Sunshine State, Robinson should be able to build on his recruiting success in Florida with a base in Coral Gables.