The LSU Tigers have what is arguably one of the youngest and most talented running back corps in the country heading into the 2004 season.
That, however, did not deter Winnfield (La.) native Antonio Robinson (6-2, 195, 4.5) because he gave Nick Saban a verbal commitment on his unofficial visit to the Tigers' campus.
"He went to junior day and there was a question of whether or not they would
offer him," said Winnfield offensive backs coach Steve Adams. "They offered and
he jumped on it."
Robinson, who projects as a full academic qualifier, is considered by some as
the top running back prospect in the Bayou
State for 2005. As a junior he rushed
for more than 1,600 yards and 16 touchdowns but those numbers should rise next
season with the strong work ethic he brings to the field.
"He is a hard worker in practice
and with everything he does," Adams told Tiger Rag. "He
is a good kid and a good leader. He is not vocal but he leads by example. He
finishes a run better than anyone I have ever seen."
coached former Winnfield star Anthony Thomas who went on to enjoy a stellar
college career at Michigan and is
making a name for himself with the Chicago Bears.
"He (Robinson) is a different
runner but I'd have to say he is as good as Anthony was,"
Adams said. "I coached them both and I have never seen
Antonio fall backwards. He will start one way and end up on the other side of
If Robinson can come close to
duplicating the success Thomas had during his college playing days than Tiger
fans have a lot to look forward to down the road.