September 6th, 2013 09:00 AM║ Posted By: Josh Ward ║ Permalink
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Tags: Alabama, Crimson Tide, LSU, recruiting
That won’t excite many fans outside Tuscaloosa, Ala., but it’s true. The Crimson Tide landed a commitment on Wednesday from West Monroe, La., offensive lineman Cameron Robinson, who’s rated the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle by Rivals.com.
Alabama’s 2014 class, which holds 20 commitments, ranks No. 1 in the Rivals national team rankings. Tennessee, Florida State, Miami and Ohio State follow the Crimson Tide.
Robinson gave credit to Alabama coach Nick Saban and his staff for being the difference in choosing the Crimson Tide over LSU.
“I just developed a really strong relationship with them,” Robinson said of Alabama’s coaches on ESPNU. “That’s what I truly just based my decision off and how comfortable I felt when I was there.”
Robinson should already feel comfortable with some of his future teammates. Wide receiver Cameron Sims from Monroe, La., committed to Alabama last week and promised to help the Crimson Tide land Robinson.
He admitted the commitment of Sims was a big factor in his decision to commit to Alabama.
“That was real big, me and him going all the way back to third grade,” Robinson said. “It’s just like my little brother. It was extremely influential on my decision.”
Sims said the commitment of Robinson will only make Alabama’s class stronger.
“After he told me I said, ‘Okay, we’re going to do some damage at Bama,’” Sims told Rivals.
It’s hard to argue with Sims. Alabama already looks like it might have the strongest class in the nation with the potential to get even better. As ESPN RecruitingNation‘s Jeremy Crabtree points out, the Crimson Tide is taking advantage of momentum on the recruiting trail.
“What’s even scarier is that the Tide aren’t even close to being finished,” Crabtree wrote. “There are nine uncommitted five-star prospects left on the board, and Alabama is expected to get at least an official visit from eight of those players.”
That list includes running back Leonard Fournette from New Orleans, cornerback Marlon Humphrey from Hoover, Ala., and linebacker Raekwon McMillan from Hinesville, Ga.
Alabama is also recruiting defensive back Laurence “Hootie” Jones, another prospect from Monroe. Sims believes he and Robinson will be influential in Jones’ decision.
“We call ourselves ‘The Big 3′ and we’re going to try and recruit Hootie to Bama with us,” Sims told Rivals.
Just add him to the list.
Big names to watch at Georgia-South Carolina
There will be plenty of talent in attendance on Saturday in Athens, Ga., when Georgia plays host to South Carolina.
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