Late surge pays off

Persistence is one thing, but swaying big-time momentum is another. By all accounts, Nick Saban and Mike Groh may have pulled off the steal of the 2013 recruiting cycle. Details inside.

While nothing is official, the twists and turns of recruiting took a major bolt towards Alabama's favor on Saturday afternoon.

After meeting with Nick Saban earlier in the week and taking the weekend off in terms of visits, multiple reports suggest that the nation's top defensive tackle will ink Crimson on Wednesday.

A'Shawn Robinson has been committed to Texas for about a calendar year, and he has remain solid on that pledge despite visits to Alabama, Florida State and USC. While participating at the Army All-American game in San Antonio, he informed that he was simply taking visits to see what else was out there since he hadn't been able to previously.

"I'm just comparing other schools to Texas to make sure I'm making the right decision," said the Fort Worth (Tex.) Arlington Heights five-star. "I didn't get a chance to take my visits before I committed because of family issues, so just taking them now. ... They're all good places, good football programs, good schools. But I'm committed to Texas."

After the past week, when Nick Saban and Mike Groh were in to see him on Monday, things seemed to stay the course.

One source close the the situation informed, "He once told me that he hates talking to the recruiting people. He is very relational. I think that is why he likes Mack Brown...Coach Saban is ALL business. He was nice but all business.

"He (Robinson) is a very private and quiet person. I would be very surprised if he doesn't go to Texas. Anything is possible, but he appears to be solid to Texas."

The seemingly impossible and far-fetched happened on Saturday, as Robinson reportedly told the Texas staff that he is going to sign with the Crimson Tide.

Should he go through with it, the switch would be among the biggest Saban and company has pulled in the Alabama era and arguably the biggest surprise of the cycle.

As one person close to Alabama's staff put it to moments ago upon learning the news...

"Four days to go."

Letter of Intent day is February 6 and Robinson is set to sign at his school at approximately 2:30 p.m. CST.

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