Alabama has nabbed another top recruit to add to its already top-ranked 2014 recruiting class.
Cameron Robinson, a 6-foot-5, 330-pound, 5-star offensive tackle from West Monroe, La. chose Alabama over LSU this afternoon, announcing his decision on ESPN. The unanimously top ranked offensive tackle in his class is also the No. 1 overall player according to 247Sports composite rankings, as well as the No. 3 overall player on ESPN and Rivals.
Robinson explained the criteria for picking a school on ESPN this afternoon.
“My key factors were most importantly where I feel most comfortable and what school I felt like set me up to be the most successful for the next four years,” Robinson said.
He then explained his decision to pick Alabama over his home-state team, LSU.
“Alabama’s a great program,” Robinson said. “I was able to sit down and talk with Coach Saban, Coach Napier and Coach Cristobal. I just developed a really strong relationship with them.”
“That’s what I truly based my decision off of and how comfortable I felt down there.”
As if their rivalry with LSU wasn’t intense enough, Alabama is also pursuing 2014 recruits Leonard Fournette from New Orleans, La., the No. 1 running back in the country on the ESPN300, and Laurence “Hootie” Jones from Monroe, the No. 2 safety in the country on ESPN’s board.
This is the first time that Alabama has snagged the nation’s top recruit in Saban’s tenure, and the first No. 1 recruit to choose Alabama since Andre Smith in 2006. But not getting the No. 1 overall player hasn’t hurt the Crimson Tide: They have made up the difference by having the top-ranked recruiting class in the nation in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Robinson is the sixth offensive line commitment and the 20th overall recruit in Alabama’s 2014 class, which is regarded as the best class of 2014, five months away from signing day.