July 16, 2024

Good news: Georgia football enrollee now the nation’s No. 1 recruit in 2024 class

The Dawgs’ freshman cornerback has emerged as the top prospect in the country.

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With recent industry updates, Georgia’s No. 1 ranked recruiting class can now claim another accolade. Following recent industry updates, Dawgs cornerback enrollee Ellis Robinson IV now stands as the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit in the 2024 class, per the 247Sports Composite. Robinson is the third No. 1 overall prospect signed by Georgia and the second under Kirby Smart, with Trenton Thompson (in 2015) and Nolan Smith (in 2019) being the others. Robinson is tied with Smith as the second-highest signee all-time for Georgia, with Justin Fields being no. 1. The 6-foot-0.5, 180-pound cornerback secured his future as a Bulldog after initially committing to Georgia in February over Alabama, Colorado, LSU, and Miami. He would later take visits to Alabama and Miami, with the Hurricanes unable to make a push in December as well.

“It was just Miami and Georgia, really,” Robinson told reporters at Under Armour All-American media day. “It was really where I felt comfortable at. At Miami, I really felt comfortable with those guys, but at the end of the day, I’d been committed to Georgia since Feb. 1. Those guys kept showing me love throughout my whole process, so that was really the main reason I stayed committed to Georgia.”

A native of Connecticut, Robinson helped lead Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy to a 18-1 record during his junior and senior seasons, where he started at cornerback. Robinson’s 2023 season featured several big games, including a 5-tackle effort against Lipscomb Academy, 6 tackles and an interception at St. Joseph’s Prep, and 2 pass break-ups against St. Frances Academy, St. Thomas More, and Gray Collegiate Academy. Robinson transferred to IMG Academy after his sophomore year at Iona Prep, helping lead the team to 16 wins in two seasons and the program’s first-ever Catholic school state title his sophomore season, while also playing wide receiver…named a MaxPreps Sophomore All-American after totaling 29 tackles, eight interceptions and over 700 yards of total offense…totaled 11 tackles, eight interceptions, a fumble recovery and four pass deflections in five games played his junior season due to injury…also competed in track and field, where he earned multiple awards.

247Sports director of scouting Andrew Ivins compared Robinson to Cleveland Browns defensive back Greg Newsome and wrote the following evaluation in November:

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“How you want a cornerback prospect to look these days with his length and speed. A two-year starter at IMG Academy that opposing quarterbacks shied away from – and for good reason. Swallows up wide receivers out on the perimeter as he uses the sideline to his advantage while maintaining phase. Has valuable experience working in man and zone coverage. Isn’t one that has been asked to press a bunch and engage in hand-to-hand combat, but will get physical at the top of routes and try to get his assignment off schedule. Loves to bait signal callers into making poor decisions and has the burst to jump in front of a ball to create a takeaway. Serviceable as an open-field tackler, but could get a little bit better at fighting through blocks to provide run support. Might not have a decorated track and field background, but testing profile in the percentile as he posted a 4.5-second effort in the 40-yard dash to go along with a 36-inch vertical jump. Also has some of the longest arms we have come across in the cycle, which is certainly notable. Projects as a potential CB1 for a College Football Playoff regular that can shut down one side of the field. Might need a semester or two to find his footing, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see him push for playing time sooner rather than later. Day 1 of the NFL Draft upside based on the game tape and dozens of in-person evaluations.”


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