Sunshine State OL likes Gamecocks

After signing two offensive tackles in the 2007 recruiting class, South Carolina has focused more on pursuing strong interior offensive linemen this year. USC already has the nation's no. 17 rated offensive guard committed in T.J. Johnson, and now one of the Sunshine State's best line prospects is high on what the Gamecocks have to offer as well. Read inside for all the details.


Lincoln (Tallahassee, FL) 3-star offensive lineman Steven Robinson is rated by Scout.com as the no. 24 offensive guard prospect in America this recruiting year, and the 6'3", 307 pound bulldozing lineman has narrowed his college choices down to two schools - South Carolina and South Florida.

"I've got an official visit set up January 11th to go to South Florida. Then January 18th I'm going to South Carolina. Those are pretty much my last visits, and I'll make my decision between those two schools," said Robinson.

Robinson, who bench presses 425 pounds, discussed what he likes about each of his two finalists.

South Carolina - "It's just a good school. I went down there (in September), and I really liked everything. I felt comfortable, and I just really liked the school."

South Florida - "It's pretty much the same thing. I felt really at home when I went there. I was feeling the vibe with the players and the coaches."

The hard nosed lineman is being recruited by Coach Shane Beamer for the Gamecocks, and he feels very comfortable with how USC is recruiting him and where he could fit into their offense.

"Coach Beamer's a pretty cool guy. He's real honest, and when I went up there he really showed me the finer points of everything," he said. "They're looking for a good inside lineman. They like me at guard, and they're saying they want me to come in and battle it out at offensive guard."

Robinson, who noted that South Carolina is currently recruiting him the hardest, knows when he plans to make a final decision on his college choice and what factors will help him decide.

"After I visit South Carolina, I'll make a decision within a few days. The bottom line for me is I've just got to feel it. I've just got to think in my head that this is where I want to be for the next four or five years. That's pretty much what I'm looking for."

When asked to describe what type of player he is on the football field, Robinson replied that he gets the job done with a combination of aggression and intelligent play.

"I'm a guy that likes to get the job done. I'm pretty aggressive but also focused. If I've got an assignment, then I'll go and do it," he said. "I try to play low and fast. I'm tough and love to play smash-mouth football."

Robinson has earned the nickname "Moose" among his friends and teammates, and he shared the story behind how that name originated.

"When I came to summer workouts my freshman year I was a big, strong freshman. The seniors were like, 'Man you're big as a freaking moose. We're going to call you Moose.' That's how I got my nickname and it stuck."

Robinson also excels at wrestling and track and field, where he throws shot and discus. He reports a 3.1 core GPA and a 19 on the ACT.


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