USC Leads for Sleeper OL

South Carolina offensive line coach and running game coordinator Eric Wolford held his first USC OL/DL Camp Saturday. Read inside to learn more about one camper who has a Gamecock offer and the Gamecocks out front. Could he be the next Gamecock commitment?

At 6-7, 290-pounds offensive line prospect Corey Robinson is hard to miss when he's starring on the football field at Havelock HS in North Carolina. But amazingly enough, the talented jumbo-athlete has managed to remain relatively unknown on most recruiting radars.

That may be about to change as the high school guard, likely college tackle, picked up his first offer about three weeks ago, from the South Carolina Gamecocks.

"I knew it was a good school, because they play in the SEC," Robinson said of his first thoughts when he received the offer. "I was happy about that. I was kind of surprised, because it was probably a week after finding out they were recruiting me."

And since that time the process has moved relatively quick for Robinson. He made the drive to Columbia to participate in offensive line coach Eric Wolford's OL/DL Camp on Saturday.

"It was good," he said of the camp. "It was just a long drive - five hours from Havelock. It was a good trip, though. I had a good time at the camp.

"It was great. It just gave me a chance to see what level I'm on. It was a good time to see some different competition, some different people."

Robinson must have stacked up to the competition well as sources tell that Robinson was one of the prospects at the camp who helped improve his stock.

Robinson says he enjoyed working with Wolford.

"It kind of reminded me of the coach that I have right now in high school," he said. "They both get on you when you do something wrong, but when you do something right they congratulate you. When you mess up they let you know, and they won't hold back either."

While Wolford is involved in all of the offensive linemen USC recruits, defensive line coach Brad Lawing is Robinson's recruiter of record. Robinson is impressed with the way Lawing has handled his recruitment.

"He's a good coach," Robinson said. "He's been straight-up with me the whole time [and] let me know what's going on and stuff like that."

That honesty matches up well with Robinson's personality as he understates what type of player he is.

"I mean I just try to do what the coaches tell me," he said. "I try to do my best every play. I like run blocking; I like to be physical. That's about it."

Havelock head coach Jim Bob Bryant seems to think more highly of what Robinson brings to his team.

"Corey is the smartest lineman I've ever coached," Bryant said in an interview with Inside Carolina. "He picked up on every one of our blocking schemes. Our quarterback calls our blocking schemes at the line and if any of the linemen don't know what to do then Corey will tell them."

Bryant also speaks highly of Robinson's obvious physical abilities.

"He's got long arms so in pass protection he can keep those guys off of him so they can't get into his chest and swim or rip through," Bryant said in the same interview. "He's 6-7, but he has the wingspan of a kid 6-10. And his hands are huge – when you shake his hand he just swallows your hand. He is a big kid."

That big kid also plans to reward Lawing with some loyalty of his own. Robinson is also receiving interest from UNC, NC State, Duke and ECU, and plans to possibly camp at all four this summer. If an offer does some from any of the four, he says he will remember who offered first.

"It will go a long way, because they were the first ones to really take a chance on me, and really give me a shot to play in the SEC," he says. "So, it will go a long way."

The massive lineman may get the chance to prove how long it does go soon as he says a decision could come in as soon as a month and definitely before his season starts. And while things can always change in recruiting, the Gamecocks have to like their chances.

"They're definitely in the lead right now."

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