Tide reels in Robinson

Recruiting has started to heat up recently for Alabama. Today stellar cornerback prospect Travis Robinson made it official, committing to sign with the Tide.

Rated the top cornerback prospect in the state, Travis Robinson has been taking a close look at his hometown school for some time now. "I actually had made my decision about a month ago," Robinson said of his commitment to Alabama. "I wanted to go ahead and get it out of the way now."

Robinson combines speed and power at the crucial cornerback position.

5-10, 180 pounds, Robinson is pretty much a "do everything" player for Hillcrest High School of Tuscaloosa. He plays wide receiver, returns kicks and plays defensive back for the Patriots.

Robinson projects as a cornerback in college.

Essentially all the major programs in and around Alabama have been hot after Robinson on the recruiting trail. Timed at a blistering 4.3 in the 40-yard dash, he's also a powerfully built athlete that enjoys contact.

"I chose Alabama over Auburn, South Carolina and LSU," Robinson said.

Robinson is the Crimson Tide's tenth public commitment for 2004. Bama's other public commits include Cullman lineman Justin Britt, Hartselle wide receiver Nikita Stover, East Central (Miss.) Community College running back Titus Ryan, T.R. Miller tight end Trent Davidson, Thomasville defensive back Aaron Johns, Randolph County wide receiver Ezekiel Knight, Fort Payne wide receiver Aaron McDaniel, Jacksonville, Fla. wide receiver Will Oakley and Pike County tight end Nick Walker.

Despite a difficult season on the field, Tide Head Coach Mike Shula continues to assemble a very good recruiting class.

"I feel like Alabama under Mike Shula is an up-and-coming program," Robinson said.

Robinson's high school teammates Markus Manson (who committed to Florida recently) and Cody Davis have also been offered by the Tide. Alabama's coaches will continue to recruit Manson at running back. Davis, an offensive tackle, is considered a Bama lean. Hillcrest linebacker Kris Guyton is also being closely watched by the Tide staff.

Robinson has been a frequent "unofficial" visitor to Tide practices and games. His official visit to Alabama is scheduled for January 30.

Robinson has been a key target for Bama throughout this year's recruiting process.

He bench presses 300 pounds, squats 455, and power cleans 285. Robinson has been measured with a 38-inch vertical jump

RECRUITING NOTES: Alabama is limited to only 19 new players for the 2004 class, but the Tide is expected to over-sign by several athletes, anticipating that some will not qualify.

Robinson is expected to qualify.

Read all of the recent recruiting stories on Alabama recruits from TheInsiders.com.

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