Brian Robinson (Photo by John Garcia, Jr.)

National Top 20 RB Committed to Alabama Could Visit UCLA

Sep. 21, McCALLA, Ala. -- A four-star running back has seen his recruitment continue to expand over the last year and, despite a commitment to Alabama, it may not yet be completed...

Last September Brian Robinson took the state of Alabama by storm with gaudy rushing performances, including a new state record mark as plenty of college football recruiting attention shifted the Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Hillcrest running back's way. 

By the next week, offers from AlabamaAuburnGeorgia and several others came in. He picked the local Crimson Tide before the end of the season and has been focused on the 2016 campaign, his last at the prep level, ever since. 

As one would expect, the expectation and attention from opponents has gone through the roof.

"I'm sure I've got eyes on me but I try not to let the pressure build inside my head, I just play my own game," Robinson said. "I don't let the outside crowd determine how I do my thing. I play my game."

As he did Friday night versus McCalla (Ala.) McAdory High, with Scout in attendance, he has seen plenty of defenders in the box as defenses have dared the Patriots to throw. They have, and remain undefeated through the first month of the season. The four-star senior's numbers are down but he's learning with every carry. 

"It really just makes me a tougher running back," he said. "I know if I'm coming downhill and I've got eight guys in the box, I'm going to get hit, so it's really no problem with me. That just gets my guys on the outside to get an opportunity to make plays. 

"I'm running low, playing behind my pads and showing toughness. We let 'em know we're still gonna run the ball no matter how many guys you got in the box."

College programs have shared Robinson's persistence despite his pledge to the local program. He maintains solidity with Nick Saban and company when asked. 

"I don't speak too much on that (recruiting) because I feel like I'm a strong commit," he said. "I just let the time tell itself, you know, eventually I'll be in school so I'm not gambling around too much with my recruitment."

The only visit he has taken thus far in the fall was across town to Bryant-Denny Stadium for UA's home opener against Western Kentucky

"We still got some improving to do," Robinson said of Alabama's performance. "We've got to improve week by week but overall I feel like we have a great core of running backs to bring in in different packages so overall I feel like we're in great shape."

While his commitment status is in a similar category, his next visit could not only be out of the state, but perhaps out of the conference.

"I still have a couple schools showing interest, like GeorgiaUCLA and Auburn," he said. "They're still showing interest in me even though they know I'm a strong commit. I really appreciate those schools for still trying. I might set up some officials, you know, I haven't really decided yet. Maybe UCLA and Georgia."

The Bruins have yet to host Robinson on campus as a prospect. 

"They have a great program, they're in California, I've never been to California and I would like to experience a game in the city (Los Angeles) itself. I would like to do such," he said. 

The Bulldogs have had him on campus, but it was just for one day in the spring. Of course there is plenty of familiarity with the UGA program and new head man Kirby Smart.

"Kirby's a great coach, he has a great staff and they have high interest in me," he said. "They really appreciate my company and it's just like home, the same thing as Alabama. I have no knock against Georgia at all."

Robinson doesn't yet have any official visits set, not even one to Alabama. His current focus remains on Hillcrest High School and his academics. 

"Improvement, improvement, improvement," he said. "I'm just trying to get all of my classes out of the way and enroll in January." 

Watch all of Robinson's touches Friday night vs. McAdory:

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