Defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson is leaving the Miami football program after one season according to multiple reports. Robinson will reportedly become the cornerbacks coach at Alabama. The Miami football program loses a strong talent developer and recruiter with Robinson moving to Tuscaloosa.
In his one season overseeing Miami’s defensive backs, freshman safeties Kamron Kinchens, Avantae Williams and James Williams and cornerback Marcus Clarke were all influential in their early seasons playing college football. Former Georgia transfer Tyrique Stevenson developed into Miami’s best CB under Robinson.
As a recruiter, Robinson helped Miami sign CBs, four-star Chris Graves and three-star Jaden Harris. Robinson also played a part in Miami with the signing of four stars, the defensive end Nyjalik Kelly and the safety of Markeith Williams. Before coming to Miami, Robinson was the South Carolina defensive coordinator for four years.
Robinson has helped recruit 26 four- and five-star players during his career. In Alabama, Robinson will replace CB coach Jay Valai who has accepted the same position in Oklahoma. Robinson is from Miami and played in high school in Coral Park. Robinson will join the Alabama staff as an Auburn alum.
The Miami defense often struggled in 2021. Miami finished 84th nationally, good for 28.4 points per game. Robinson’s unit oversaw the Miami secondary and contributed to the Hurricanes, putting 250.6 passing yards per game at 102nd nationally. Miami was also 114th with 3.08 defended passes per game.
The Hurricanes were 113th nationally with just 29 pass breaks. Robinson leaving for Alabama creates openings for almost the entire Miami defense staff. Cornerbacks Demarcus Van Dyke could potentially return for Miami. In addition to secondary coach, Miami has openings at defensive coordinator and linebacker.
Defensive line coach Joe Salave’a, who was hired from Oregon where he worked under new Miami head coach Mario Cristobal, is the only definitive defensive staffer for Miami in 2022. Cristobal has taken a methodical approach to hire his new staff. No candidates have publicly come forward to replace Robinson.