Alabama has landed the nation’s top prospect as West Monroe (La.) five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson committed to the Crimson Tide moments ago on national television. The 6-foot-6, 330-pounder selected Alabama over LSU.
Robinson committed to Alabama on Wednesday afternoon.
"For the next four years you will see Cameron Robinson at The University of Alabama," said Robinson as he donned a Crimson Tide hat.
“I wanted to go and do it so I could just focus on my high school career. Being able to work with my teammates so I could focus on getting West Monroe a state championship. My decision was based on where I felt most comfortable and the relationship I was able to develop with the coaches when I was there. What school set me up to be successful for the next four years.”
The back-to-back national champions were seen to have the edge entering the announcement and held a big edge over LSU according to Robinson's Crystal Ball.
While Alabama was trending for much of 2013, Robinson says he finalized his decision after returning home from his last unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa in late August.
"This summer really- that’s when I really started to evaluate both schools and look at both schools really hard. That’s when I was able to make a decision. I want to say it was right after (the August visit). I got home this summer and was able to sit down with my family and evaluate everything. That’s when I was pretty much able to make my decision."
Robinson becomes Alabama’s 20th commitment in the 2014 class and recruited by Tide assistants Billy Napier and Mario Cristobal. Robinson says his relationship with both Tide assistants and head coach Nick Saban was a pivotal factor in his decision to pledge to Alabama.
“Alabama is a great program. Every time I was able to get down to Tuscaloosa, I was able to sit down with Coach (Nick) Saban, Coach (Billy) Napier, and Coach (Mario) Cristobal. I just developed a really strong relationship with them. That’s what I truly based my decision off of- how comfortable I felt when I was there."
In-state LSU finished second for Robinson, who added that he put aside his childhood fandom of the Tigers as he became a top prospect.
The five-star tackle said that Alabama assistants Billy Napier and Mario Cristobal played a big role in his commitment to the Tide.
"It was extremely hard. Growing up, I was an LSU fan. I had to make the best decision. I had to start looking at it not from a fan standpoint, but from a prospect standpoint- what school I felt most comfortable at and what school would set me up to be the most successful."
Robinson developed a close relationship with Cristobal, who is in his first season in charge of the Crimson Tide's offensive line.
"Man, Coach Cristobal is a real, real, fired up coach. He’s always excited and real jumpy and everything. If you go back and look at his track record, he’s an extremely good coach. He was real influential in my decision. Him just getting there not too long ago, he did an awesome job recruiting me. I talk to him almost every day."
The elite bookend also spoke with Saban on Wednesday morning.
"I developed an excellent relationship with Coach Saban. I just talked to him this morning. He was watching film and everything. He was extremely happy and excited about my announcement and everything. I was able to develop a great relationship with Coach Saban."
The top offensive tackle joins fellow north Louisiana prospects Cameron Sims and O.J. Smith in committing to the Crimson Tide. Robinson becomes the first 247Composite five-star to commit to the Crimson Tide in the 2014 cycle.
Robinson's relationship with Sims, who is his former teammate and childhood friend also worked in favor of the Crimson Tide.
“I’m actually looking at (Sims) right now," said Robinson. "That was real big with me and him going back to third grade. He’s like my brother, so that was extremely influential on my decision.”
Now that his commitment is behind him, Robinson says he plans on recruiting other prospects to the Capstone, including 5-star fellow Louisianans Laurence Jones and Leonard Fournette, in addition to his godbrother, four-star athlete, Ronnie Clark.
"Cam Robinson is going to turn into a huge recruiter. I got to get Hootie (Jones) next. Leonard Fournette, too. I’m just focused on Hootie and Leonard. I’ll let other people handle everyone else. I know (David) Cornwell is going to recruit some people. I’m working on Ronnie, too."
The blue-chip prospect becomes the first no. 1 overall prospect to commit to Alabama since Outland Trophy winner and current Cincinnati Bengal Andre Smith did in 2006. Thus, Robinson is the highest-ranked prospect to commit to Alabama under Nick Saban, just edging out current Tide offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio who was the no. 2 overall prospect in the 247Composite in the 2011 cycle.
Robinson made a move for the nation's top overall prospect following a standout performance at Nike's The Opening event held in Beaverton, Oregon in July.