July 9, 2013
For the moment, it looks as if the recruitment of 5-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson will come down to two powerhouse SEC schools: LSU and Alabama.
It's not surprising that 247Sports.com's top offensive tackle is considering these two schools, but which program provides Robinson with the best fit?
Alabama's string of national championships and the potential to win more give it a major edge in this race. Elite recruits are used to winning, and most want to win a national championship. Until further notice, the Crimson Tide provide every interested recruit with the best chance to do so.
That's especially true if the Crimson Tide win the championship again in 2013, which would be three years in a row and four of the last five.
Which top-notch recruit wouldn't want to commit to 'Bama if that's the case?
With that said, LSU has consistently been one of the best programs in the nation as well, and the Tigers are always a threat to beat Alabama. There's a short list of programs that actually have a legitimate shot to beat the Tide on a yearly basis, and the Tigers are on top of it.
LSU is in the midst of what looks to be an epic recruiting class, and Robinson would be one of the marquee names.
No. 1 recruit Leonard Fournette, 5-star cornerback Tony Brown, 5-star outside linebacker Clifton Garrett, 5-star safety Laurence Jones, 5-star receiver Malachi Dupre and 4-star wideout Speedy Noil are all elite recruits who have LSU high on their respective interest lists.
Les Miles and his staff could be putting together something special for 2014 and beyond, and that's something that Robinson should be bound to notice.
Alabama will be a contender and LSU looks to be building another contender, so this could end up coming down to the depth chart.
LSU left tackle La'el Collins will be a senior in 2014. Robinson could work to replace him and even take a redshirt year in order to have four years at left tackle. He would have to compete with Jerald Hawkins and Derek Edinburgh, but that's a competition that he could win.
If LSU can land the likes of Fournette, Dupre and Noil, playing for four years with that Tigers offense could be too good of an opportunity for Robinson to pass up.
He's certainly good enough to challenge for playing time at Alabama, but he would have to compete with 2013 5-star A'Shawn Robinson, JUCO transfer Leon Brown, 2012 4-star Brandon Greene and others. Robinson, in particular, would be tough competition if he ends up on offense.
Taking all that into consideration, Cameron Robinson will have the best opportunity to see the field at LSU. Combine that with the fact that he's from West Monroe, La., and it wouldn't be surprising if he decided that the Tigers provided him with the perfect fit.
He'll play for a contender, find playing time and remain in the state.
For the record, 24 experts predicted where Robinson will commit in the 247Sports Crystal Ball. The split is 50-50 between Alabama and LSU.
Now you know where I think Robinson will land. Where do you think the top offensive recruit will end up? Sound off in the comments.
Rankings, interest list and star rankings courtesy of 247Sports.com and the 247Sports composite rankings.
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