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PHOENIX, Ariz. – Go scan the recruiting rankings for the 2023 class on any of the national recruiting websites.
The traditional National Signing Day for the 2023 class has come and gone. Everyone has signed. Except for one name right at the very top.
That’s 5-star Duce Robinson.
Robinson spoke to DawgNation earlier this week and he flatly laid out that his dream remains to play both pro baseball and pro football.
He wasn’t given the name “Duce” because he aims to play both sports. Yet maybe some whiz marketing team will probably build a campaign around it someday.
“The plan is to play college football,” Robinson said earlier this week. “The goal is obviously to get drafted in the MLB Draft but our plan is to play college football along with that.”
Georgia remains a strong contender in the race for the football part of that. There’s no timetable for when he might commit.
Or even sign. And yet there is a very strong connection to one specific coach in Athens that we will chronicle later on down the page.
There was one person in Arizona this week that theorized Robinson might become the highest-paid preferred walk-on in college football history. That’s what he could potentially do this summer if he gets drafted high enough and becomes a professional baseball player.
The feeling here is that the smart thing to do for Robinson is to wait. Wait and see what the pro baseball scouts think about him in the spring. Will his stock continue to rise?
There are a few schools of thought to pay attention to here:
If one feels this narrative is going too far into the baseball aspect, that’s probably right. But this is a unique story and a complex decision. It is unlike anything we’ve seen when it comes to college football recruiting.
This recruiting process is not so much a Georgia vs. the college football elites like Oregon, Texas and USC here.
It is a duality at work. We also must factor in how heavily professional baseball wants to get involved.
There are the big league signing bonus dollars to think about, but college football has an equalizer with NIL options these days. It is no longer a no-brainer for two-sport high school prospects to always choose the baseball money first and then come back to college football as a Plan B option.
And while Georgia is a team that prefers its NIL options to go to established players, that option remains something to consider in this unique case.
Robinson has said his college football decision will not be based on NIL multiple times. So while it might be a factor to consider, it is not expected to move the dial either way in a major fashion.
DawgNation has invested time in Arizona this week to follow this developing story. There was one thing we learned about Georgia’s chances that should keep them firmly in the picture here.
That would be the connection between Kirby Smart and Duce’s father. Dominic Robinson was a 5-star football prospect coming out of California in 2001.
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