As weeks and months have passed during his recruitment, it became clear to Parkview football standout G.G. Robinson that his future would be in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The 6-foot-4, 284-pound senior determined which ACC school it would be Friday when he announced his verbal commitment to conference newcomer Louisville.
Robinson chose the Cardinals over ACC rival Virginia after visiting both campuses this summer.
While he said there was plenty about both schools and programs he liked, he added that his decision came down to the perceived stability of the coaching situation.
Bobby Petrino has returned to Louisville after leaving in 2006 despite drawing controversy in several of his stops since, including the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL and college coaching jobs at Western Kentucky and Arkansas.
However, Robinson said the fact that he is in his first season back was a preferable situation than that faced by Virginia coach Mike London, whose job security is reportedly in question after the Cavaliers have gone 18-31 in his four seasons as coach, including 2-10 last year.
“Everything (else) was equal,” Robinson said. “I loved both campuses, and … (the prospect of possible) early playing time made both stand out. The only thing is, … Coach London is kind of on the hot seat (at Virginia). I didn’t want to commit and take the chance that maybe he won’t be there (next year).”
Robinson’s physical size and athleticism made him a target of several major college programs.
In addition to his two finalists, he also had 22 other scholarship offers, including Ole Miss, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Mississippi State.
He started at tight end for Parkview as a junior last season, catching seven passes for 71 yards and serving as a dependable blocker.
However, his skills, combined with the implementation of a spread offense by new head coach Eric Godfree that has less utilization of a tight end, Robinson has shifted to a starting role at defensive end for the Panthers this fall.
GWINNETT FOOTBALL COMMITMENTS
Class of 2015 commitments to college programs
Position Name, High school College
WR Cedric Asseh, Grayson Miami (Ohio)
LB Mohamed Barry, Grayson Wisconsin
PK Matt Bonadies, Buford Alabama-Birmingham
LB Paul Carothers, GAC Navy
RB Chris Carson, Parkview/Butler CC Georgia
LB Tyler Cooksey, GAC Georgia Tech
DB David Curry, Buford Virginia
QB Daniel David, Mill Creek Appalachian State
OL Trey Derouen, Parkview Mississippi State
OL Josh Fannin, Mill Creek Middle Tennessee
LS Blake Ferguson, Buford LSU
RB Tario Fuller, Lanier Purdue
DB Jordan Hayes, Grayson Duke
OL Mitch Hyatt, North Gwinnett Clemson
WR Daniel Imatorbhebhe, North Gwinnett Missouri
RB Alvin Kamara, Norcross/Hutchinson CC Tennessee
OL Kaleb Kim, Mill Creek Auburn
LB Chase Middleton, Brookwood Georgia State
DL Quay Picou, Buford Tennessee
OL Nick Polino, Buford North Carolina
TE Connor Redmond, Archer South Carolina
DE G.G. Robinson, Parkview Louisville
DL Tyler Shipman, Buford Akron
LB Austin Smith, Buford Tennessee
WR Cam Stewart, Shiloh Central Florida
QB Chance Thrasher, Peachtree Ridge Coastal Carolina
DL Tyler Voyles, Mill Creek Furman
DL Justin Young, Grayson Georgia