The Class of 2011 resembles that of 2009 as Les miles and his staff is off to a pace that could very well land them the top recruiting class in the country. As was the case in 2009, Miles will have to secure the premier in-state talent this year as well.
So far, the headman has, as eight of the nine verbal commitments on record for the ’11 haul reign from the Bayou State.
Adding the signature of Thibodaux (La.) product Greg Robinson would go a long way in wrapping up the top rated class for 2011. The Scout.com four-star offensive lineman already holds double-digit offers with more undoubtedly on the way.
“I have 14 offers right now,” Robinson informed. “Having those offers makes me feel good because I know the work I put in for all of them is paying off. At first I wasn’t sure when I would get one, but once I got my highlight tape out there, I knew they were going to come. During the middle of my junior season is when I started to expect them because coaches used to be at my games watching me and Trovon (Reed).”
In the end, Reed chose Auburn, which also happens to be one of Robinson’s favorites. However the War Eagles are not alone.
“I stay in touch with LSU, USC, Auburn and Alabama the most,” Robinson stated. “I’m always receiving letters and emails from those schools or talking to the coaches. The interest they’ve shown in me is why those are my top four teams right now.”
Robinson admits he will be able to narrow his list even more once he is able to get out and take in those universities first-hand. He attended LSU’s junior day earlier in the year and claims he will likely be on campus once again this weekend for the Tigers’ annual spring game and second junior day event.
“I don’t know when or where I’m going to take my visits to, but I know I am going to try to make it to the spring game this weekend,” Robinson said. “I’ve been in touch with Coach Frank (Wilson) a good bit. We usually email each other and I call him up. I like Coach Frank a lot because he seems like he’s really laid back and that’s what I like the most about him.”
It is Wilson’s approach with Robinson that has done nothing but help LSU’s chances of landing the 6-foot-5, 300-pounder.
“When I talk with Coach Frank we talk more about life than we do about football,” Robinson stated. “Usually he just asks me how’s my day been and other basic stuff. The only thing he’s ever really told me about football was that they were recruiting me as a tackle and he asked if I really like LSU. I told him LSU has been my top team from the beginning, but I wasn’t ready to decide right now.”
Robinson claimed his decision would come after he is able to make a checklist and scratch it off when he visits the places he feels he needs to see before making a decision.
“I really do not have any visits set up except for the spring game this weekend,” Robinson explained. But when I do go on my visits I want the team to feel like family and I want the school to offer a good academic program. I also want to go to a program that is rich in tradition and is in contention for championships. I’ll make my decision when I fell like I’ve seen enough and I feel the time is right.”