LSU Baseball signee Kramer Robertson, of Midway High School in McGregor, Tx., put an end to his recruitment in November when he faxed his paperwork to the Bayou Bengals. The 5-11 170 pound Robertson has been coveted by colleges and professional teams for quite some time. He has even been ranked among the top-100 high school seniors, according to numerous scouting services.
It should come as no surprise that Robertson is a standout in some sport, as his father, Randy Robertson, was a quarterback for Louisiana Tech in the 1970's. His mother, Kim Mulkey, is the leader of the dominant Baylor women's basketball program. For Kramer, it's about making a name for himself in his own sport.
Even if the spotlight shines a little bit brighter on Robertson now that he has signed with LSU, the talented infielder explained that nothing would affect him having fun on the diamond.
"I'm playing well and seeing the ball well so far this season," said Robertson. "It's a lot different because people are pitching around me more this year than in the past. It's also weird playing in front of scouts all the time. I just try to ignore it and go out and have fun."
The decision of which college to attend was a relatively easy one for Robertson to make. Aside from the trust that he built early on with the LSU coaching staff, there was one thing that LSU could offer that he couldn't pass on.
"The first reason is that I trusted the coaching staff and what their plans are for me," said Robertson. "The opportunity to play at LSU is incredible. I'm blessed and lucky to have a chance to play in front of those fans. I want to win a national championship and LSU gives me the best chance to do that."
The trust that he has built with the coaching staff at this point is only continuing to grow for Robertson. He explained that he still maintains weekly contact with a couple of members of the LSU staff.
"I still talk to coach [Paul] Mainieri and coach [Javi] Sanchez on a weekly basis," said Robertson. "They genuinely care about everything that is going on with me on and off the field. I have a great relationship with those guys."
While there can be quite an adjustment period when considering the transition from high school baseball to college, Robertson doesn't expect that to be the case for him. From his conversations with the coaches, Robertson has learned where he will play once he arrives in Baton Rouge.
"I expect to go in and make an impact right away," said Robertson. "I'm not planning to go and sit on the bench, because I want to play when I get there. However, I want to be someone that helps them game in and game out."
"They told me that I will probably be playing second base with JaCoby Jones likely leaving after this season for the draft."
Robertson is another one of the many individuals that have been following LSU while they tear through their 2013 schedule at record pace. Because he is very familiar with the LSU program and many of the players on this year's team, Robertson explained that he has a feeling that no one is really dwelling on what the Tigers have done so far.
"Its unbelievable," said Robertson. "I keep up with every single game and it makes me proud to be going there. It's not how you start, but how you finish. I know that all of the guys there are concentrating on getting to Omaha and leaving the rest in the past. It's been great to watch."
Even though he has gotten his college decision out of the way already, the pursuit of Robertson by professional organizations is still in the beginning stages.
"I've talked to a few organizations and there are teams that are interested in drafting me," said Robertson. "I filled out the paperwork for every team. I have had six or seven teams meet with me personally, but 20 different organizations have been at my games this season."
At this point, Robertson still hasn't gotten an accurate gauge of where he might be drafted in June when the Major League Baseball Draft rolls around. Depending on who he talks to, Robertson explained that the answer differs.
"It's hard to tell because the cross-checkers and the scouts are making that decision," said Robertson. "I'm not exactly sure. Some people think I will go higher and some think I will go a little bit lower."
When the time comes for Robertson to decide whether or not he will attend LSU or sign a professional contract, he will factor other things into it besides money. Because of this, Robertson explained that an organization would have to be very convincing to keep him from being a Tiger next fall.
"It's not really about the money for me," said Robertson. "The organization and my trust in them will be big. The draft ranking will also factor in because it will indicate to me what their goals for me are. My ultimate goal is to play pro ball. That could happen this year, but going to LSU and playing will give me a much better chance to make it to the point that I eventually want to be at in baseball."
"It would be very hard for me to turn down LSU. Obviously, when a pro team talks to you, you have to listen, but it would take a lot for me to not wind up at LSU next year."
Robertson wants a championship
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