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After reportedly ending recruitment, Florida signs 4-star WR James Robinson

James Robinson

Four-star wide receiver James Robinson is coming to Florida after all.

Despite reports Monday that Florida’s administration would not allow Robinson to sign with the Gators, he did just that Wednesday afternoon.

Florida coach Jim McElwain announced the signing on Twitter, then the official Gators football account retweeted it to bring further clarity to the situation.

Florida administrators said no to signing Robinson after he was cited on a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession during his official visit to Ohio State on January21. The Buckeyes also reportedly stopped recruiting Robinson after that point.

Robinson (6 feet 4, 205 pounds), from Lakeland (Fla.) High, long was considered a Florida lean. Given the ban, he was expected to delay the announcement of his signing to a later date. He originally was set to make his announcement live on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. ET Wednesday.

Robinson reportedly was receiving late interest from several new schools after Florida dropped off, and Gators coaches were said to be helping him find a landing spot.

Robinson was a top-15 wide receiver prospect nationally and a top-25 prospect overall in Florida. Secondary coach Torrian Gray, a Lakeland native, served as Robinson’s primary recruiter.

Robinson’s signing brings Florida’s 2017 class to 23 signees and at least near a top-10 finish nationally. Before last weekend, the Gators ranked below 20th nationally.

Robinson joins four-star prospect Daquon Green as wide receivers in Florida’s class.

(You can follow Kevin Connell on Twitter @_KevinConnell)

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