Tide Looks West at Big Back

The Alabama coaching staff is recruiting the state of California and have found a bruiser in <b>Justin Robertson</b>. Robertson is 5-11, 225 pounds from Lakewood High School in Long Beach. The Crimson Tide landed four running backs in the 2005 class, but are looking to add at least one fullback in the class of 2006. Robertson is high on the Tide.

"Alabama has been sending me the most mail. They sent me a catalog that told me a lot about the school, and the football program. I have never been there, but it looks really fun. Alabama is my top school right now. They have been sending me mail since day one. They have kept in touch with me ever since," said Justin Robertson.

Alabama is the only team in the south Robertson lists in his top five. West coast schools are also high on his list, but the big back does not have a problem heading to the south.

"My top five are in this order: Alabama, UCLA, California, Oregon, and USC. I would not have a problem at all traveling across the country to play college football. As long as I like the coaching staff, environment, and the school, then I would not have a problem."

Several key aspects will favor in Robertson's decision before signing day.

"I am looking for a place with a winning tradition, and a good coach. I want to go somewhere that has a big offensive line. I am bigger than three guys on our offensive line. I want to run behind some really big guys," replied Robertson.

When asked about strengths, Robertson replied, "I think my strengths are my vision on the field and my strength. I really want to work on my speed. I weigh 225. I would like to run a 4.5. I run a 4.7 right now. I was timed at a 4.7 by laser, and a 4.67 by hand, at the national combine in San Antonio, Texas."

Like several rising high school seniors, Robertson felt good about being invited to the national combine at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"It was a fun experience. I am very glad I went. I felt like it helped me a lot with exposure."

Robertson plans to attend several combines in California over the next few months.

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