December 21, 2011
Iowa in the running for 2012 QB
When Patton Robinette made a verbal commitment to North Carolina in June, the Maryville, Tennessee signal caller thought his recruitment was done. That all changed when the Tar Heel coaching staff was let go and now the three star prospect in the Class of 2012 is weighing his options. One of those choices now on the board is the University of Iowa, after making an official visit this past weekend.
While Robinette has remained silent with regard to his recruitment, his high school coach, George Quarles, said his quarterback came away impressed following his visit to Iowa City.
"I talked to him after he got back and he told me that he had a great trip. He hasn't made a commitment there or anything like that, but he enjoyed the visit and got along well with the coaches and the players. I asked him if he could see himself going there and he said he could, but he hasn't committed there."
Quarles said that Iowa offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe visited Robinette and his father earlier in the week prior to the visit and they seem to feel comfortable with what Iowa has to offer. Now it appears to be a three team race between Iowa, North Carolina, and Vanderbilt to land Robinette's commitment.
"It looks like it's down to those three," Quarles said. "He hasn't set up a visit to Vanderbilt and probably wouldn't have to. He's been there quite a bit in the past year for games and he went to one of their camps as well."
What remains to be scene is if North Carolina's new coaching staff can build a strong enough relationship to move Robinette back into their solid commit column. According to Coach Quarles, the Tar Heels will make their final push in early January.
"He is starting to build a relationship with their new coaching staff. It's kind of a odd circumstance how it has all worked out, but I think Coach Fedora is coming in early in January to make one last sales pitch to get him to North Carolina."
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