In 2010-2012, the 247Composite No. 1 prospect in the country signed with an SEC East program. Last year, consensus No. 1 prospect Robert Nkemdiche chose to go to the SEC West, joining his brother at Ole Miss. On Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET, Cameron Robinson (Monroe, La./West Monroe), will also verbally commit to a school in the SEC West on CFB Daily on ESPNU.
Cameron Robinson is the No. 1-ranked prospect by 247Sports and the 247Composite.
Rankings, Finalists & Crystal Ball
247Sports/247Composite Rankings: Robinson is ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle and No. 1 prospect overall. The 247Composite also ranks Robinson as the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle and No. 1 prospect overall.
The Finalists: Alabama and LSU are the favorites to earn a commitment from Robinson
The 247Sports Crystal Ball: As of Tuesday afternoon, the Robinson Crystal Ball had 39 predictions, with 34 of them in favor of Alabama. BamaOnLine recruiting insider Charles Power was first to predict Robinson to the Crimson Tide on April 9.
Story From The 247Sports Timeline:
July 19, 2011: Robinson attends camp at LSU.
March 31, 2012: Robinson visits LSU for spring game.
April 14, 2012: Robinson visits Alabama for spring game
Robinson's last school visit was to Alabama on August 17.
May 8, 2012: LSU offers Robinson.
May 10, 2012: Alabama offers Robinson.
June 4, 2012: Robinson attends camp at LSU
June 15, 2012: Robinson attends camp at Alabama.
Sept. 28, 2012: Alabama asst. Mike Groh visits Robinson.
Oct. 13, 2012: Robinson unofficially visits LSU for game against South Carolina.
Nov. 3, 2012: Robinson takes an unofficial visit to LSU.
Jan. 12, 2013: Robinson unofficially visits LSU Tigers for Boys from the Boot event
Jan. 26, 2013: Robinson visits Alabama for junior day.
April 6, 2013: Robinson takes an unofficial visit to Alabama.
April 20, 2013: Robinson visits Alabama for A-Day Game.
May 25, 2013: Robinson takes an unofficial visit to LSU.
June 2, 2013: Robinson attends camp at Alabama.
July 16, 2013: Robinson camps at LSU.
Aug. 17, 2013: Robinson takes one last visit to Alabama before making his announcement.
Robinson Sound Bites from past 247Sports Articles
“Alabama is still in the same spot they were before. Everything is 50/50 between Alabama and LSU. I just used it as another visit, nothing more.” – Robinson after his latest visit to Alabama.
“If I had to pick one, I wouldn’t know where to go,” – Robinson on Alabama and LSU at The Opening.
“To say that (Napier and Cristobal) haven’t been there for that long, I have an amazing relationship with them. Just in the short time that they’ve been there, we’ve been able to develop a great relationship.” – Robinson talks about his relationship with his recruiters of record at Alabama while at The Opening
“It’s a great relationship; we pretty much talk about every day or so in some way. He’s been recruiting me since my freshman year, and really longer than any other coach that is recruiting me. Over three or four years, you develop a real solid relationship with a coach, and that’s what me and Coach Stud have.” Robinson four months ago on his recruiter of record at LSU, OL coach Greg Studrawa.
“I love LSU. A lot of people do not know this because I do not talk about it, but growing up I was a die-hard LSU fan. I was the biggest LSU fan I know and my entire room was decked out in LSU gear. When the recruiting process began I had to stop looking at it from a fan’s standpoint and start looking at where would be best for me for the next four years.” – Robinson last month on growing up an LSU fan.
“I like the way both schools run their programs. They both have top notch coaches. I like the offenses that both schools run and how they’re physical. They are two of the premier teams in the nation. I love both schools.” – Robinson on LSU and Alabama after visiting Alabama for the Iron Bowl
“It was pretty crazy. It wasn't my first night game in Tiger Stadium, but it was probably my best game in Tiger Stadium so far. The crowd was something unbelievable. It was like nothing I’d ever heard before. You could feel it in your chest. I enjoyed it a lot. I look forward to getting back to a game either this year or next year.” Robinson on attending the LSU-Alabama game last year.
“I think Bama probably has one of, if not the best offensive line in the nation. They played well, just like they do every game. I know they have high expectations every game and I feel like they played up to their expectations against a defense as good as LSU’s.” – Robinson on the Alabama OL vs LSU last season
“31-6 BAMA” – Cameron Robinson score prediction for LSU-Alabama 2012 game.
“You can’t really judge a team on how they play in one game. I don’t put much emphasis into whether a team wins or loses one game. If the losses start piling up then it becomes more noticeable. A loss like LSU had to Alabama does nothing to me. The thing I take the most note of is whether I feel at home at that certain place I’m at. That’s what I put the most emphasis on. Second would probably be the coaching staff, and I also want to play for a school that is winning.” – Cameron Robinson reaction to LSU losing to Alabama
“Coach Stud always stresses to me and tells me I’m their No. 1 guy, and he is extremely excited about getting me down this weekend. He’s pretty enthusiastic about me staying home and supporting the home team, and it will be fun getting to spend some time with him and the rest of the coaches and players.” – Robinson 11 months ago talking about a visit to LSU
“It’s LSU and Alabama, so that’s pretty much the same. Those are my top two. LSU and Bama are both very strong this year. Bama opened up with Michigan and I think my prediction was pretty dead on. I have the utmost respect for Michigan, but I thought the skill level and speed that Alabama has would be a little too much for them. LSU and Alabama have both looked amazing so far. They both look very impressive.” – Robinson in a story 12 months ago
“Coach Saban was basically telling me how they run their program and how they feel about me and that they hope I’ll join their team one day when I’m ready to make my decision. Basically, he was just telling me to my face that they were offering me, how their program is ran, how their academics, and everything.” – Robinson after visiting Alabama for camp 13 months ago.
“I want to go to a place that feels like home,” Robinson said. “Also, how the people are and the coaching staff. Just friendly, nice people. And I want to go somewhere that wins.” – Robinson in a story 15 months ago.
“He wants to go to a school that’s tradition-rich in football. And from an academic standpoint, a great academic center that takes care of the student-athletes.” – Former Ouachita Parish head coach John Carr on Robinson 16 months ago.
Class of 2014 Junior All-American Watch List selection by 247Sports.
2012 LWSA Class 5A First Team All-State selection
Named first team 2014 All-American by 247Sports
Named 2013 MaxPreps Preseason All-American
2014 Under Armour All-American Game selection
“He’s a tremendous athlete and passes anybody’s eye test at any level, from the NFL down. He has great, great feet. Of course, he came to us last year as a junior and since that time, he’s almost totally changed his body type. He has really worked hard in the weight room. We have an outstanding offensive line coach, Glen Hunt, who is our offensive coordinator and coaches the line. Glen is very knowledgeable and played a year of pro ball, so that certainly helps."
“There’s no doubt in our mind that he’ll be as good a player that has come out of West Monroe High School and we’ve had some great players throughout the years. Most recently, we’ve had Andrew Whitworth with the Bengals, Bradie James, and of course Barkevious Mingo who was picked number six in the first round this year. All those kids are almost freaks at the high school level.”
“All of them have their strengths and weaknesses, but Cam could certainly be as good any player who has come through West Monroe and he has a bright, bright future ahead of him. I know he’ll be an outstanding player in college and he’ll continue to work hard. He has a great work ethic. Cam is a really good kid and is polite and soft spoken. Like most great athletes, when he steps on the field, the demeanor changes. You can be a great guy off the field, but on the field you want to be as aggressive as you can be.” – West Monroe head coach Jerry Arledge in a story two months ago.
A massive offensive lineman that physically dominates at the point of attack, Robinson has prototypical size for an offensive tackle. As a run blocker he typically puts his man into the second level, staying low most of the time. When he pulls, he can really wreak havoc downfield, moving very well for such a huge player. With an initial punch that is as good as it gets at the high school level, Robinson can use sit back in pass pro and wall off pass rushers. His size presents a big issue for defensive linemen to get around, as he can really anchor the edge and use his extremely long arms and natural knee bend to lock his man out. After seeing him in person, I will say he could stand to reshape his body some, but that should come with a year in college. On film and in person, Robinson needs to improve on consistently finishing his blocks while maintaining his balance and composure. With his size, overpowering upper body strength and long arms, Robinson should play early and has All-Conference and All-American potential wherever he lands. Starting out at right guard or right tackle before left tackle while he improves his physique and hand placement is not out of the question either.