Class of 2014 five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson is a big-time prospect, both literally and figuratively, and it appears as if he's got his sights set on two big-time SEC schools.
According to Charles Power of 247Sports, Robinson's top two features the Crimson Tide of Alabama and the LSU Tigers, and he's feeling pretty good about both programs:
Robinson’s top two has long been comprised of the nation’s top two ranked programs- Alabama and LSU. The five-star prospect notes that hasn’t changed and adds that he’s been impressed by both teams’ performances to date.
“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.”
Is it just me, or does everything nowadays seem to come down to these two SEC powerhouses?
Alabama is the AP Poll's current No. 1 team in the nation, and LSU is right behind at No. 2. Last year they met up in the National Championship game, and this season both programs have the same aspirations. The kicker is, those aspirations are realistic, which goes to show you how good both programs are.
The question here is not how good LSU and Alabama are though, the question is: Which of these two schools will attract the 6'6'', 320-pound junior from West Monroe, La.?
Rivals has Robinson at 6'6', 320 pounds, while his 247sports profile has him listed at 6'5.5", 330 pounds. I know we sweat the small stuff in the college football recruiting world so I wanted to point out the discrepancy. Either way, it appears as if Robinson has the size intangibles to be a star lineman for either school, but I digress.
Right off the bat I feel obliged to give the slight advantage to the home-state school. LSU is obviously a huge national power, so the chance to play for such big school, while staying in-state has to be appealing. It would be much easier for Robinson's family and friends to watch him play.
That said, the allure of playing for Nick Saban and the very realistic chance of winning a national championship may be too much for Les Miles and the Tigers to overcome, so that basically nullifies the "home field advantage." Saban is an incredible recruiter to begin with, but his on-field product at Alabama basically recruits itself.
With both programs being so close, I expect this will come down to field. As a 2014 prospect, Robinson has all of this season and next to watch both of his top schools compete against other schools and each other.
I'm going to go out on a limb here, but with the way Alabama has been playing as of late, and with how talented their roster and depth chart is moving into the future, I'm going to have to give them the edge over LSU.
I see the big five-star offensive lineman choosing the school that will provide him with the opportunity to win the most.
Right now that's Alabama, and until LSU can prove otherwise, I don't see that changing.