Cameron Robinson is the best offensive lineman in the country. And that’s not just merely my opinion, either. Rivals.com, ESPN, 247sports.com and scout.com all agree with that assessment. And, unlike many of the elite prospects at this time, he’s essentially narrowed his list down to two (predictable) schools: LSU and Alabama.
So where will the 6-foot 6, 325-pounder from West Monroe High School (West Monroe, LA) eventually end up?
It’s practically a toss up at this point.
Debating about the prestige of the two programs is a moot point since they’re so similar. The two rival schools each have a long and outstanding history of football success, and each are in the hunt for National Championships every November.
We know all of this. Let’s just say the history and prestige of the two powerhouse programs cancels one another out.
Playing time looks to be a draw as well. The Tide will more than likely be losing All-American left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio after this season to early entry of the 2014 NFL Draft. The guy’s a rockstar and is a lock for the top half of round one next spring (barring an unforeseen change of events). Robinson has the talent and physicality to step in and start right away for Nick Saban‘s power run game.
LSU also has a former mega-recruit at left tackle, La’el Collins, is also a junior who could be departing for the draft after this fall. Even if Collins does stick around, he could get pushed inside to make room for Robinson on the edge (exactly what Alabama did in 2012 with Outland Trophy-winner Barrett Jones for Kouandjio). Not only that, Collins has experience at guard, after having started there last year.
So who will the big man pick? My money is on the Tigers. That staff is going unbelievably hard after Robinson; they even called his mom on her birthday not long ago and had the entire coaching staff sing to her. Robinson has also spent a lot of time in Baton Rouge and indicated how comfortable he feels there.
Not only that, but the state of Louisiana is owned by LSU. Aside from a few examples, they generally clean up top in-state talent. ‘Bama has snagged elite prospects right from under LSU’s nose before, though (Landon Collins and Tim Williams being the most recent).
Still, at this point it could go either way. It’ll be fascinating to see who he picks when he announces his decision, which could come as early as next month.