Defensive back Jammie Robinson has made a “business decision” in stepping out of South Carolina’s football program after coach Will Muschamp was fired in 2020.
But that hasn’t hurt his relationship with former Gamecock teammates, Robinson said Wednesday while representing Florida State at the ACC’s Kickoff media event.
“Transferring me didn’t cause me to lose any friends,” Robinson said. “It was just a business decision. I did it, and the guys who understand, they’re really the only guys I joke around with.
Robinson added that he originally planned to catch Jaycee Horn, a former USC teammate and current Carolina Panthers cornerback, on his trip to Charlotte.
“But he didn’t hit me back,” Robinson said with a laugh.
Robinson’s transfer to Florida State proved to be a successful transition. In 2021, he appeared in all 12 games for the Seminoles and started 11 while recording a team-high 85 tackles and four interceptions.
He also recorded 7.0 tackles for loss, interrupted three passes and forced two fumbles while earning 2021 First-Team All-ACC honors.
Robinson considers himself a “student of the game” and has credited Muschamp and former South Carolina defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson as key figures in his development as he enters his fourth season of college football.
“Coach T Rob and Coach Muschamp, those guys are football wizards,” Robinson said. “They’re going to get on that board, write it down, and show you what it is.”
Robinson arrived at Columbia as a three-star rookie in 2019 and the No. 32 player in his position, according to 247Sports cCmposite rankings, but made an immediate impact.
His 62 tackles in 2019 were the most by a USC freshman since 1994, and he also had one pass and broke up four others en route to freshman All-SEC honors.
Robinson was even more effective as a sophomore with 74 tackles and a 2020 starter pick at safety/nickel.
He eventually appeared in 22 games (13 starts) over two seasons at South Carolina before entering the transfer portal in December 2020 amid USC’s transition from Muschamp to coach Shane Beamer.
Robinson committed to Florida State in January 2021 and is now entering his second season with the program. He was named to multiple 2022 preseason All-America and All-ACC lists, per FSU.
“Coming here is being a student of the game, but also finding Coach (Mike) Norvell’s plan,” Robinson said. “Whatever they need me to do, I’m just here to do it.”
This story was originally published July 20, 2022 2:19 p.m.