When talking uncommitted names from the offensive side in this 2011 class, Thibodaux’s Greg Robinson – ranked as the No. 11 offensive tackle in the nation – remains the highest rated prospect on the board.
With La’el Collins - the nation’s second-ranked offensive tackle - already in the boat, landing the 6-foot-5, 285-pound Robinson would give Les Miles one of the best one-two punches in linemen recruiting.
That’s why the newest news on Robinson holds so much weight with the Tigers, who already have 17 prospects committed to this year’s signing class. After a lengthy discussion with his parents, the Thibodaux native is ready to shut his recruitment process down, and the date comes much sooner than anyone expected.
“I talked with my mom and them for a while, and the basic message was that I was tired of running around with all of it,” Robinson said. “I’ve had my focus down to two schools for a while now, so I might as well get these last looks and then decide. I’m not sure where I’m going to commit, but I should feel better about things in about a month.
“I will take visits to Texas A&M, Auburn and LSU, then I will go ahead and commit. I’ll be in College Station for the Nebraska game, then over at Auburn for their game with LSU. After that I’ll come back to Baton Rouge for the Alabama game.”
After a selection to the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas next January, Robinson’s initial plans were to announce his college decision on national television the day of the game. Now, the news will likely come by way of a small announcement ceremony at school.
After he made a string of visits to Baton Rouge last spring, Robinson spent the summer before his senior year getting familiar with Auburn, making multiple trips to the campus over a span of three months.
The four-star prospect even went as far as naming Auburn his leader, a surprising change of pace given that Robinson said last March that he was close to committing to LSU.
With a month until his decision goes public, Robinson isn’t putting one school ahead of the other.
“I wouldn’t really call Auburn the leader anymore,” he said. “It’s more of a situation where both schools are tied. I like the coaching staffs at both places a whole lot, and that’s one of the positives with those two. They are both undefeated right now, too, so the football is good. I feel like I can’t go wrong.”
While Robinson won’t make it to Baton Rouge for their bout with McNeese State, his family will take advantage of the chance to spend time around the LSU staff.
“I’ve got football stuff that will keep me in Thibodaux, but my dad and grandparents said that they still want to drive up there because they want that time around coach Frank (Wilson) and them,” he said. “They are going to spend the day just getting to know everyone up there a little better. I think it makes them feel more comfortable knowing exactly what type of environment I am going to be in if I commit.”
Though he’s taking the tight-lipped approach to the final month of his process, there’s no denying that LSU – once the trailing team – is back in prime position.
“Spending some time up there the past month definitely helped open my eyes to some things,” Robinson said. “I am good with LSU right now, and they definitely have that shot. These next few weeks I will be watching the games closely and just thinking on things. When the time feels right, I’ll go ahead and commit somewhere.”