Duke made a rare commitment from South Florida as a three-star quarterback for St. Thomas Aquinas. Kimari Robinson announced a verbal pledge to the Blue Devils on Tuesday. Robinson, also cared for by the likes of Colorado and Maryland, camped in Durham earlier this month.

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“I just feel like a coach [Mike] Elko is going to change the culture, Robinson told 247Sports by phone. — And Coach Ish [Aristide]he’s from here. He is one of us. He’s funny. I can relate a lot to him. So, we had a good relationship when he first started recruiting me, and then when I went there, we hit it off right away.”

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As a junior, Robinson participated in the legendary St. Thomas Aquinas program, which has produced more NFL draft picks in the last 10 years than any other high school in the country. He played one of his best games to date at 7A. championship against Tampa Bay Tech, where he played first with Iowa State four-star wide receiver Greg Gaines and ended the night with four misses to his credit in the winning effort.

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“Duke has a real physical DB that plays more than him. I’m not the tallest. I’m not the fastest, but I have a high football IQ and I’m really physically fit. This is the best part about me. they get a dog,” Robinson said.

Robinson is listed at 6’185 and is currently ranked by the industry-created 247Sports Composite as the nation’s No. 81 quarterback prospect in the class of 2023.

Duke now has 10 verbal commitments for the 2023 cycle. The group is led wide receiver Paul Davis and quarterback Grayson Loftis.