Recruit profile: No. 5 A'Shawn Robinson

We continue our series of profiles of the nation's top recruits with our No. 5 player, A'Shawn Robinson, the nation's top-ranked defensive tackle.

The strong, explosive defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson will be one of the hottest topics on Signing Day. The soft verbal Texas commit has been making visits to other schools. Our Greg Powers gives you the scoop on Robinson's skills, recruitment and more.


Check out our entire series of top recruit profiles as we count down to Signing Day:

Jan. 24: No. 12 Thomas Tyner
Jan. 25: No. 11 Montravius Adams
Jan. 26: No. 10 Ricky Seals-Jones
Jan. 27: No. 9 Eddie Vanderdoes
Jan. 28: No. 8 Max Browne
Jan. 29: No. 7 Laremy Tunsil
Jan. 30: No. 6 Derrick Green
Jan. 31: No. 5 A'Shawn Robinson
Feb. 1: No. 4 Su'a Cravens
Feb. 2: No. 3 Jaylon Smith
Feb. 3: No. 2 Reuben Foster
Feb. 4: No. 1 Robert Nkemdiche

Get to know him

High school: Arlington Heights HS (Fort Worth, Texas)

Rating: (No. 1 overall DT)

Biggest strength: Ferocity. When he is fired up, he is an unstoppable force. He plays with a high level of intensity at times that will draw comparisons to the nastiest NFL players.

Area for improvement: He needs to play much more consistently down-to-down. He is forced to play both ways in high school at two very demanding positions, so settling in at one spot in college will help.

NFL player he reminds us of: Ndamukong Suh. Robinson is actually a little bigger physically than Suh is right now but has the same type of frame and shows flashes of that intensity and high level of play that made Suh so special at Nebraska and now in the NFL.

Five questions

Q: He's currently classified as a soft verbal for home-state Texas. What's the latest on where he stands in his recruitment? Should Longhorn fans be worried?

Powers: Texas is in a fight with Alabama to keep him, and it is a legit concern that he may flip. He has reaffirmed time and time again, however, that he is solid with his commitment despite the fact he has been taking visits. Texas is the favorite, but don't sleep on 'Bama. [UPDATE: Robinson decommitted from Texas over the weekend.]

Q: If he were to choose a different school, would it most likely be Alabama?

Powers: Yes, that is most likely. They run a three-man front and he could be a versatile addition and could slide around and play different spots. He could be a Jesse Williams-style defensive end in their defensive scheme.

Q: He's one of three defensive tackles in the top 11 of our final Scout 300. What makes him No. 1 at the position ahead of the likes of Eddie Vanderdoes and Montravius Adams?

Powers: It is his upside and versatility that separates him, but it is a very close battle and a very good year at the position nationally. When he is on there is no one better, but both Vanderdoes and Adams bring the size and power that make them special. You would not lose with any of the three.

Q: What are the biggest positives he brings to the field?

Powers: Intensity and competitiveness. He needs to bring it more often to be the type of success that equates to an All-American, but he has that type of talent in there.

Q: Does he have a shot to get on the field as a freshman?

Powers: It is the toughest spot to see action at early in a young career. He could benefit from a red-shirt year, but at the same time he could be the type to develop in to a potential draft pick in three years if things go right, so you may lose a year of him if you shirt him. It will be a matter of need if he plays or not, and that could be dependent upon where he ultimately inks.

In his own words

"I'm just comparing other schools to Texas to make sure I'm making the right decision. I didn't get a chance to take my visits before I committed because of family issues, so just taking them now. ... They're all good places, good football programs, good schools. But I'm committed to Texas." -- Dec. 31

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