5-Star Duce Robinson says playing at Texas football would be ‘a lot of fun’

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There is one major target remaining for the 2023 Texas football recruiting class ahead of the late National Signing Day in February. Texas is still heavily prioritizing the recruitment of the elite five-star Pinnacle (AZ) tight end Duce Robinson a couple of months ahead of the late signing day.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian, special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Jeff Banks, and the Longhorns sit in the midst of a top group of three schools in the race to land a commitment from Robinson ahead of the turn of the calendar year. The other top schools for Robinson are the Georgia Bulldogs and USC Trojans.

It also looks like the Oregon Ducks and Alabama Crimson Tide could still have an outside shot among the schools in contention for Robinson.

Late-cycle visit possibilities to Oregon and Alabama could continue to shake up the picture of Robinson’s top schools in the coming weeks.

But the two schools that look to have a lot of momentum in this recruitment in the last couple of months are Texas and Georgia. Texas made a pretty big move with Robinson following his official visit to Austin for the TCU Horned Frogs game on the weekend of Nov. 12.

Georgia has also found a lot of traction with Robinson since his official visit to Athens back in late September. Throughout the fall, it felt like Georgia was the school trending the most for Robinson.

This still feels like it will be a close battle between the top three of USC, Georgia, and Texas as Robinson narrows down his top choices in the next couple of months. Georgia feels like the favorite at the moment, with USC and Texas still looking to make a big move ahead of the late signing day.

Texas football giving an intriguing pitch to 5-Star TE Duce Robinson

And one factor that could work in Texas’ favor as Robinson looks to narrow down his choices is the presence of the elite five-star Isidore Newman quarterback and early Longhorns signee Arch Manning. Texas getting Arch to campus early in just a few days is something that sounds like it intrigues Robinson.

He could really be maximized in Sark’s offense by getting the ball from such a talented quarterback as Arch. From some recent comments Robinson made to Horns247, it sounds like he feels the same way.

Robinson mentioned recently that Texas’ offense “is really producing” under Sark. He also stated that he has a “really good relationship with coach Banks and coach Sark so I feel like playing for that program would be a lot of fun”.

It’s pretty easy to see that the pitch Sark and Banks gave Robinson piqued his interest in a very notable way. They’ve done a nice job convincing him of the potential for this offense with him occupying the role of a next-level receiving tight end.

What Robinson could do lined up out wide with his contested catch ability thanks to his large 6-foot-6 frame or down the seams with his technical route running and reliable hands is pretty mind-boggling. And those are just two of the ways that Robinson could be maximized in this offense, especially with a quarterback the caliber of Arch throwing him the ball.

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All in all, Texas should feel pretty good about where it sits among the top schools in the race to land a commitment from Robinson. Sark and Banks will continue to push through the whistle with Robinson as the Longhorns are a legitimate contender in this recruitment.