A'Shawn Robinson: Complete Scouting Report for Texas' 6'5" 5-Star DT
Robinson is from Forth Worth, Texas, so he's a big in-state recruit for the Longhorns, and he's been committed since February of 2012. Keeping his commitment intact will be crucial for Texas though, because losing a player of his caliber would not be easy to recover from.
For now, Robinson is a Texas commitment though, and he's one of the best ones they have.
Here's my complete scouting report on the 5-star defensive tackle:
- Name: A'Shawn Robinson
- Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
- School: Arlington Heights High School
- Position: Defensive Tackle (Offensive Tackle according to 247Sports)
- Height: 6'5" (Rivals.com)
- Weight: 304 lbs (Rivals.com)
- Rankings: 5-star (Scout.com), 4-star (Rivals), 4-star (ESPN Recruiting Nation), 4-star OT (247Sports)
Note: Scouting report done from a defensive perspective
Robinson's natural size is going to be his biggest asset heading into college. You can teach many things as a coach, but size is not one of them, and Robinson has more than enough of it as just a senior in high school.
He'll be big and strong enough to require double-teams more often than not. He has a quick first step out of his stance and displays the ability to play laterally up and down the line in pursuit, but he also has enough speed to get after the quarterback.
Robinson has good feet and good agility for such a big player. He'll be effective as a run stopper at the college level, but he also has enough athleticism to track runners down in open space.
Part of this is because of his size, but Robinson plays with his pad level way to high. I recognize that he's 6'5'', so it's going to be harder for him to get lower, but he won't be able to just push lineman around at the college level like he did in high school.
Below you can see a good example of what I'm talking about. In this play he appears to be either over center, or in a one-technique (between center and guard):
As he gets out of his stance though, he automatically straightens up, which from a technique standpoint, means he loses all of his leverage on the blocker. The blocker has lower pad level, which means he can get under Robinson's pads with his center of gravity and push him backwards—no matter how big he is:
At one point in this play, he's literally standing straight up against the block.
He goes on to make the play laterally down the line, and that will fly in high school where he's the biggest player. But even smaller offensive lineman will be able to push him off the line of scrimmage if he carries that technique into college.
You can see another example of his pad level below against a double team:
Ideally, you'd like to see him get lower to at least hold his position on the line or even push the double-team into the backfield rather than get shoved into the second level as such a big player. This is an area where there's some major room for improvement.
It's tough for a big guy, but he's going to have to work on staying low through his stance and driving the block backward off the ball.
If you could rank Robinson:
Potential is the name of the game for Robinson, and his success at the college level will be determined by how seriously he takes technique. He has great intangibles because of his size and athleticism, but that won't be enough to get him by in the Big 12, or any other conference for that matter.
He has natural football instincts and displays great strength, so he has the potential to be dominant.
With proper coaching and repetition, Robinson can become a defensive star for the Texas Longhorns.
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