Robinson works to become Tide's next left tackle
by Marq Burnett
mburnett@annistonstar.com
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TUSCALOOSA -- There may be no prep prospect from Alabama’s 2014 class that comes in with greater expectations than those that will be placed on Cam Robinson.

The 6-foot-6, 325-pound Robinson is the Crimson Tide’s highest-rated prospect for the 2014 cycle. The Monroe, La., native ranks as the No. 4 player and the nation’s top offensive tackle, according to 247Sports Composite rankings. Adding more fuel to the fire, Robinson spurned home-state LSU for the Tide.

Robinson headlines what many recruiting analysts consider the best offensive line class in the country.

“Oh man, we've got a great, great, great, great offensive line class coming in,” Robinson said. “I was able to meet all of them actually. We have a good relationship. I played with all of them at the under armor game. We've got a great class coming in. I'm looking forward to it.”

Robinson is one of eight mid-year enrollees, but before he stepped on campus, he was called the Tide’s next great left tackle. He’ll be one of several players competing to replace two-year starter Cyrus Kouandjio, who has declared for the NFL draft.

Robinson enrolling early puts him ahead of the learning curve.

“I wouldn’t say that it was a motivation, but it’s always in the back of your mind,” he said. “You work hard every day and if it happens, it happens and if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”

But even Kouandjio didn’t start immediately as a freshman in 2011. He backed up Barrett Jones at left tackle for eight games, then tore a ligament in his knee and missed the remainder of the season. He moved into the starting lineup in 2012 when Jones moved to center.

The last true freshman starter at left tackle for the Tide was Andre Smith, who went on to become a top-10 NFL draft pick.

“Cam has rare feet, and he’s a special guy in terms of being able to move at his size,” 247Sports national recruiting director JC Shurburtt said. “He’s not Cyrus. Cyrus came out of high school and looked like he was going to line up and play power forward for the Golden State Warriors. Cam is a bigger kid. He’s going to have to reshape a little bit and get into the conditioning.

“Enrolling early is a big advantage for him. He’ll have those spring practices and that semester to adjust to college and workouts.”

Still, in Robinson’s mind, he isn't a finished product. What does he need to work on?

“Everything. I need to work on everything,” Robinson said. “In the SEC, with these defensive linemen, it’s crazy. These guys are freak athletes. I’m working on everything I can to just get better over all.”
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