Antonio Robinson Jr., a football player at Wake Forest University and the No. 34 ranked cornerback in the nation, appears to be moving to Northern Kentucky from Miami, Florida.
The recruiting website, 247sports, lists him as playing for Highlands High School this year and as the No. 1 recruit at Kentucky State. Rivals.com also lists his high school as Highlands.
Robinson told the Applicant Tuesday that he could not comment on his status until Friday. Although he is listed as a player for Highlands on several recruitment websites, neither his official Hudl page nor his Twitter account currently lists this school.
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association must declare Robinson eligible to play under its bylaws for transfers before he is allowed to participate in football activities.
Florida Christian School head football coach George Gulla confirmed the Robinsons’ move to Kentucky on Wednesday, but did not know where he signed up. Father Antonio Robinson Sr., a former NFL player, was on the FCS coaching staff before the move. He played for the Green Bay Packers in the 2010 and 2011 seasons and was on the roster for the team that won Super Bowl 45.
Robinson Jr. rushed for 452 yards and nine touchdowns while playing Class 3A quarterback Florida Christian and caught 16 passes with three touchdowns. On defense, he had 54 tackles and two interceptions.
He also ran track and played baseball in school.
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Highlands head coach Bob Sphire did not respond to requests for comment. He is entering his second season at Highlands.
Highlands principal John Darnell said the school could not immediately confirm enrollment due to the fact that the main office was currently short-staffed for the summer.
Robinson committed to Wake Forest as a cornerback, where he is ranked first in the state in the class of 2023 and 34th in the nation by 247Sports.com in their composite rankings. The scouting service ranked Robinson 342nd among all players entering their senior season.
“Antonio was my starting cornerback,” said Gulla, who was defensive coordinator at Florida Christian last season and is now the head coach. “He has exceptional athletic ability combined with great coverage. He had a speed that allowed him to crack the ball once the QB released it and either break up a pass or prevent QBs from throwing in his direction.
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Atlantic Coast Conference member Wake Forest went 11-3 last season, tying a program record for single-season wins and winning the Gator Bowl against Rutgers.
He immediately becomes the highest ranked rookie in Northern Kentucky football this season. Although his best position is defense, he could make an impact on offense by joining a talented playmaker roster for the Bluebirds.
Gulla said Robinson primarily played wide receiver on offense last season, possessing great quickness off the line and running clean routes. Robinson also took some significant snaps as a Wildcat quarterback.
“Off the pitch, he’s a well-mannered young man, always respectful and polite,” Gulla said. “Most of the time he was a quiet student and he stayed with his close friends. We were sorry to see him move to another state and he will be an asset to any program.
Highlands went 5-6 last season, losing to Covington Catholic in the first round of the KHSAA Class 5A playoffs.