Last week, South Beauregard (LA) defensive lineman Ivan Robinson announced that he would be committing to Texas A&M this past Tuesday. After a day trip with his high school coaches to attend an LSU practice and a one-on-one conversation with head coach Les Miles, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound jumbo athlete had second thoughts and delayed his Tuesday plans. However, after a long discussion with his mother, the trigger was indeed pulled on Thursday.
"Yeah, I decided to commit to Texas A&M after all," Robinson said. "I was telling my mom last night that I really liked A&M and she liked them too. She told me to sleep on it and if I felt the same way today that she'd support my decision. Everything was the same today, so I called Coach Turner and told them I'm coming."
Robinson made the call around 4:00, and after delivering the good news the reaction he received from the staff confirmed how much the A&M coaches wanted the athletic defensive lineman.
"When I told them I committed, the coaches in the background went all crazy and yelling," Robinson said. "I thought they hurt themselves. They were happy."
The bayou state product visited Texas A&M a couple of weeks ago and the trip quickly shuttled the Aggies to the top of his list. The reasons why is eventually picked to play his football in College Station were clear and straight forward.
"I liked the facilities and it felt like home there," Robinson said. "A&M is turning it around, and I have a good chance to earn early playing time. That's important to me."
While Robinson indicated that he's excited about his commitment and considers himself solid, he did admit that he may attend several summer camps to Texas A&M and some other schools to stay busy and develop his skill set.
"Ole' Miss just called and they want me to come to a camp," Robinson said. "LSU wants to see me again at a camp and I may do that. Of course, I'm hoping to get to A&M's spring game and I definitely will go to their camp. I just want to work some camps, but I'm solid."
According to the newest Texas A&M commitment, his coaches were excited to hear that their star pupil accepted a scholarship offer from a D-1 program in the Big 12 and for good reason.
"I'm the first player from my school to receive a D-1 offer so the coaches were pretty excited to hear the news," Robinson said. "They are happy for me."
Robinson continues the trend of the A&M staff to recruit and secure versatile, athletic defensive linemen that can play both the strong defensive end spot in a classic 3-4 defensive scheme or a fast, athletic tackle in the traditional 4-3 set. He registered over a 100 tackles last season despite constant double-teaming to contain his ability to reach the quarterback in the backfield.
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