Robinson Has Big Time Potential

This past Saturday morning Sooners Illustrated made it out to the Everman and Arlington Heights scrimmage to check out A'Shawn Robinson in person. Robinson was impressive on both sides of the ball at defensive and offensive tackle.

Physically, Robinson does not look like he belongs on a high school football field. Currently standing at an imposing 6-foot-6 and 302-pounds, Robinson is solidly built with long arms and big feet.

It's not too often that a prospect has big time potential on both sides of the ball, but that is exactly what Robinson has. For Heights this season he will play full time offensive tackle and part time defensive tackle when he feels he can handle the double duty.

During the scrimmage Robinson got his first chance on the field at defensive tackle. The first few plays the big man, who plays nose guard for his squad in their 3-4 defense, stood straight up and lost leverage on the play but with his size was still able to clog the middle. The next play he kept his pad level low and blew past the center and guard into the backfield and destroyed a designed run up the middle.

Robinson plays basketball as well and spent the summer playing in the AAU circuit. The talk about Robinson on the hardwood is that he is quite an impressive basketball player which is also a sentiment to his athletic ability. On one play Robinson showed that athleticism shedding blockers and displaying his sideline to sideline speed on a sweep to the outside. The massive prospect doesn't move like most normal 300-pounders.

Robinson's quickness off the ball was extremely impressive as there were multiple plays where Robinson was in the quarterback's back pocket as he was handing off the ball. Robinson has plenty of potential at the defensive tackle position but may have more potential at offensive tackle when looking at his size, athleticism, footwork and long arms. Technique wise he has quite a bit he will need to work on but showed signs of dominance at the scrimmage.

Everman has two defensive ends named Lincoln Richard and Torey Boozer, who is committed to Missouri. Robinson handled Richard play after play using his long arms to keep Richard at bay. Where Robinson struggled was against Boozer, who is the quicker out of the two ends and used a spin move to get past Robinson. Robinson will need to work on getting his hands out quicker to deliver his initial punch to keep defenders away from his body.

Throughout the scrimmge Robinson was seen decleating defenders while blocking down field and displayed good leg drive while run blocking. Robinson does need to work on staying lower on the offensive side as well. Another part of Robinson's game that stands out is that he plays with a mean streak.

As far as recruiting goes Robinson says he is getting quite a bit of national attention and says he has interest in everybody. In the class room Robinson says he takes care of business and makes A's and B's. In the weight room he is squatting 625-pounds and benches 315-pounds.

Robinson, who says he prefers to play defense, showed why he is talked about as one of the top prospects in the state of Texas and is a prospect we believe will receive a Sooner offer at some point in his recruitment.

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