Commitment Analysis: A'Shawn Robinson

What did the Longhorns get when they earned a commitment from A'Shawn Robinson Thursday? Read more inside.

In A'Shawn Robinson, the Longhorns landed one of the top linemen, on either side of the ball, in the state. Robinson is already college-sized at 6-4 300, and he moves better than most defensive tackles or offensive guards at the next level.

Potentially, Robinson could be an NFL-caliber player at either position, though I feel like his biggest upside is at guard, where his outstanding mobility and strength makes him the ideal at the position. At his best, Robinson can be an elite interior lineman, somebody who generates push and who can get out and knock down defenders at the second level.

And defensively, he's no slouch either. I could definitely see him as an effective player there, as he has the size of some nose tackles but is the kind of player with better burst and penetration than a nose. Interior defensive linemen who can contribute in the pass-rushing game are exceedingly rare, which is why a lot of college teams are flopping defensive ends to the interior on definite passing downs. But Robinson gives you a three-down defensive tackle who can also get to the quarterback.

The only question with Robinson is whether he'll fully tap into his athletic potential. In terms of athletic gifts, he's off the charts. But on film, he isn't always as dominant as you would like for him to be. He flashes. But you'd like to see more consistency on a snap-by-snap basis.

Robinson is a definite take, in that if he can develop that consistency, he has the talent to become an All-American caliber player on either side of the ball. And he fits in with what is quickly becoming an interior offensive line group that is packed with talent with young players like Dominic Espinosa, Sedrick Flowers and Curtis Riser, all of whom are sophomores or younger heading into this year.

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