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Nickell Robey, a speedy defensive back from Frostproof, Fla., became Georgia’s 17th commitment for the 2010 signing class on Tuesday.
Robey, a 5-foot-8, 165-pound cornerback, is considered a four-star recruit (out of five stars) by Rivals.com. He chose the Bulldogs over South Florida, according to Frostproof coach Brad Metheny. He also held scholarship offers from Florida, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Tennessee, among others.
Robey is the cousin of Georgia rising sophomore Carlton Thomas, a running back who also starred at Frostproof.
“He didn’t try to sway me or anything like that but it does make me feel more comfortable knowing he’s going to be there,” Robey said of his first cousin from his father’s side. “We always hung out together and did everything together so that’ll be good.
Asked to compare the two, Metheny said: “Nickell is probably a step faster. Carlton is probably a little thicker. They’re both tremendous athletes.”
Robey was electronically times at 4.37 seconds and 4.38 seconds during camps at Florida and Tennessee, respectively, Metheny said. He is the two-time state runner-up in the long jump at more than 24 feet and set the UnderArmor record for the broad jump with a leap of 10 feet, 3 inches, this summer, according to Metheny. Robey had more than 1,800 all-purpose yards as a slot receiver and kick returner last season.
“Unbelievably explosive,” Metheny said.
Robey is the seventh player from the state of Florida to commit to the Bulldogs so far.