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Texas releases Jones DL D’antre Robinson from NLI; Several schools in mix, including Gators

Former Jones High defensive lineman D’antre Robinson did not report to the University of Texas last week when school resumed for its spring semester, and he told the Sentinel on Tuesday night that he was released from his National Letter of Intent.

Robinson, who signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Texas on Dec. 20, learned two weeks ago that the coach who recruited him to Austin, defensive line coach Bo Davis, had been hired away by LSU coach Brian Kelly.

“I can’t really say that it was because of Coach Bo,” Robinson said. “It’s just staying home and close to my mom.”

He said his mother, Shanell, helped him with his decision.

“It’s a lot going on right now. I just want to get started and get the work in at my new school,” Robinson said. “I feel fine. I feel like everything is fine and God has a plan.

“My mom just said to keep my head up and everything will be fine and I’m gonna get everything situated.”

Robinson, an early graduate at Jones, is now free to consider any school as a possible destination, but it is thought Florida is a heavy favorite. Robinson said there are still several schools in consideration,, but he will make a decision soon. He will need to get on campus soon to start the spring semester, wherever he lands. He did not name the other schools.

Robinson was, at one point, the top player in the Sentinel’s 2024 Central Florida Super60. During his senior season for 10-4 Jones, he had 79 tackles, 10 sacks, nine tackles for loss and an interception. In three seasons at Jones, after transferring his sophomore season from Edgewater, Robinson had 216 tackles, 42 tackles for loss and 21 sacks.

Chris Hays covers high school and college football, as well as college football recruiting. He can be reached on X @OS_ChrisHays or on Instagram @OS_ChrisHays. He can be reached via email at chays@orlandosentinel.com.