Did Visit to Alabama Give Tide Edge over LSU for 5-Star OT Cameron Robinson?

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIApril 10, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Offensive tackle and 5-star recruit Cameron Robinson is an elite player in the 2014 class, and for all intents and purposes, it appears as if his decision may eventually come down to two elite SEC programs: LSU and Alabama.

Robinson is from West Monroe, La., so the LSU Tigers are naturally a huge option for the big-time offensive tackle. Along with being the No. 1 overall offensive tackle, Robinson is the No. 2 recruit from the state of Louisiana (both according to the 247Sports Composite), so you know that he's a huge player on Les Miles' recruiting board.

Many would say that the "home-state advantage" favors the Tigers, but don't be so quick to draw that assumption. Robinson just recently visited Tuscaloosa and came away with a rave review, according to Andrew Bone of TideSports.com:

Alabama is one of the schools most predict Robinson will sign with in February. He has a lot to say about his high interest in the Crimson Tide. 

"A lot stands out to me about Alabama," he said. "I like how much Tuscaloosa is like my hometown. It's not too different from Monroe. It's a college town. It's crazy. Everyone is 'Roll Tide'. They are die-hard fans. 

"I already have a real good relationship with Coach Saban. I am working on my relationship with Coach Cristobal and Coach Napier. I just like how much I feel at home when I am there. I will be back up there sometime this summer. 

This is huge news for the Crimson Tide and it really is the status quo for Nick Saban and his program (that's a good thing).

At this point, it's just a given that Alabama will be in contention for a plethora of the best recruits in the country on a yearly basis—and it appears as if Robinson really is impressed by the Crimson Tide and is planning to continue growing his relationship with the staff.

Alabama has become known for boasting a great power-running game that starts and ends on the offensive line, and Robinson could join an elite group of past and present Crimson Tide linemen. Consider for a moment how good Alabama's line of the future would be if Robinson committed and joined forces with 5-star 2013 offensive tackle signee A'Shawn Robinson

With the Robinsons as bookends at the tackle positions and running backs like 2013 5-star Derrick Henry, 2013 4-star Alvin Kamara or 5-star 2014 commitment Bo Scarbrough behind them, Alabama's running game would be unstoppable.

What's not to like about that potential future if you're Robinson?

While you could read the above quotes and come away with the conclusion that Alabama now has the edge for Robinson, take a look at what he also had to say about LSU, per Bone's report:

"I have a good relationship with everyone in Baton Rouge," Robinson said. "I have a good relationship with Coach Miles, Coach Wilson and Coach Haley. I like how much love they show me when I go down there. I like the whole coaching staff and all the people down there." 

Alabama certainly has a lot to offer, but don't count out LSU, either. The Tigers do have the home-state edge and they also have been known for fielding a powerful running game.

Unlike at Alabama, Robinson could be the premier offensive lineman for LSU, and the prospects of a dominant running game do exist with the Tigers as well. LSU brought in five offensive linemen last cycle, and if the Tigers can recruit 2014 5-star running back Leonard Fournette, the future of that squad would be equally as bright.

LSU is always dominant on defense, and it has a ton of potential offensively. Much like at Alabama, there would be a lot to look forward to for Robinson.

Both programs have a strong pitch and both programs have a lot to offer. Robinson seems to have a good relationship with both staffs and he would be a star wherever he chooses to go.

It is worth noting that Bone did report that Robinson is talking to his principal about graduating in December, but that shouldn't put a rush on his decision, in my opinion.

It may seem like Alabama took a big step in the right direction with this visit, and perhaps it did, but this recruiting race is far too close to call just yet.


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