Lineman Steven Robinson, a class of 2008 Lincoln prospect, visited Auburn for its 7-3 victory over LSU in 2006 and lists the Tigers as one of his early favorites as the recruiting process gets into full swing.
"I was comfortable up there," Robinson explains. "I went to the game and I was blown out. I was like, ‘Man, the guys get a lot of respect here.' I could feel just from watching them that I would fit into the program just because it reminds me so much of Lincoln. Like Lincoln they've got the tradition. Plus, I know a couple of those guys. I know Craig Stevens, Mike Slade and Tim Lamb.
"I've asked them about it and they told me to come on down," he adds. "I really fell in love with Auburn. I love the location and everything. Everything is perfect."
While Auburn really caught his attention as a sophomore, he adds that he has to keep it in prospective because he hasn't been to many other campuses thus far.
"I went to FSU's junior day, but that's it," Robinson notes. "I liked the campus and it was real nice. They showed me what they can offer, the dorms and told me that they were looking forward to me coming in. I really haven't been to many schools, but I was feeling Auburn more that day. I don't know, I haven't been on many other visits yet. I do plan on visiting other schools like Notre Dame or wherever. Maybe USF. I'm looking... I'm looking."
"They're a very well known school," Robinson says of Charlie Weis' Irish program. "They've been telling me things like they like me and they've been watching film on me or whatever, and they love me. They've been telling me how they recruit and what they're looking for. They were saying that I'm one of those guys and that's basically what caught my attention.
"It's a good school, it's a private school and it's one of the top schools in the nation as far as graduation percentage. It's like 96 percent, I think. That's another thing. Because of injuries and everything, school is really important, too."
Robinson says that he would like to make his final decision sometime in the fall after camping at different places this summer and maybe taking some of his official visits. As a player who loves contact and the game of football, he says he'll also try to go to a Down and Dirty Lineman Camp.
"It's where some of the top athletes come and compete," he explains. "You stay there for three days. The first day is a two-a-days and the second day is three-a-days and the last day is two practices. It's challenging."
At 6-3, 308, Robinson plays on both sides of the ball and got his break-through after Lamb was injured early in the season. "I started on defense because Tim Lamb got injured," he notes. "I probably had five or six sacks and 18 tackles. I really love both positions (offensive and defensive line). Honestly, I'm pretty good at both. If I go to Auburn it would probably be for offense, but I could also play defense. Neither would be a problem. If I had a choice it would be offense, but at the same time defense is just as good. Some schools want me at defense, some at offense and some want me at both."
Robinson also competes in track and field and hopes to get back into wrestling as a senior. "I couldn't wrestle this year because I'm too heavy," he explains. "They're trying to get the weight class up to 300. If it does go up to 300 I'm going to get down and wrestle next year. My freshman and sophomore year I wrestled varsity, and I throw the discus and shot on the track team."