Alabama has landed the nation’s top prospect as West Monroe (La.) five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson committed to the Crimson Tide moments ago on national television. The 6-foot-6, 330-pounder selected Alabama over LSU.
“For the next four years you will see Cameron Robinson at The University of Alabama,” said Robinson as he donned a Crimson Tide hat.
“I wanted to go and do it so I could just focus on my high school career. Being able to work with my teammates so I could focus on getting West Monroe a state championship. My decision was based on where I felt most comfortable and the relationship I was able to develop with the coaches when I was there. What school set me up to be successful for the next four years.”
The back-to-back national champions were seen to have the edge entering the announcement and held a big edge over LSU according to Robinson’s Crystal Ball.
While Alabama was trending for much of 2013, Robinson says he finalized his decision after returning home from his last unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa in late August.
“This summer really- that’s when I really started to evaluate both schools and look at both schools really hard. That’s when I was able to make a decision. I want to say it was right after (the August visit). I got home this summer and was able to sit down with my family and evaluate everything. That’s when I was pretty much able to make my decision.”
Robinson becomes Alabama’s 20th commitment in the 2014 class and recruited by Tide assistants Billy Napier and Mario Cristobal. Robinson says his relationship with both Tide assistants and head coach Nick Saban was a pivotal factor in his decision to pledge to Alabama.
“Alabama is a great program. Every time I was able to get down to Tuscaloosa, I was able to sit down with Coach (Nick) Saban, Coach (Billy) Napier, and Coach (Mario) Cristobal. I just developed a really strong relationship with them. That’s what I truly based my decision off of- how comfortable I felt when I was there.”
In-state LSU finished second for Robinson, who added that he put aside his childhood fandom of the Tigers as he became a top prospect.
The five-star tackle said that Alabama assistants Billy Napier and Mario Cristobal played a big role in his commitment to the Tide.
“It was extremely hard. Growing up, I was an LSU fan. I had to make the best decision. I had to start looking at it not from a fan standpoint, but from a prospect standpoint- what school I felt most comfortable at and what school would set me up to be the most successful.”
Robinson developed a close relationship with Cristobal, who is in his first season in charge of the Crimson Tide’s offensive line.
“Man, Coach Cristobal is a real, real, fired up coach. He’s always excited and real jumpy and everything. If you go back and look at his track record, he’s an extremely good coach. He was real influential in my decision. Him just getting there not too long ago, he did an…”
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