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Nation’s No. 1 2014 recruit opts for Tide over home-state LSU

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Surprise!  Nick Saban and his coaching staff have done it again on the recruiting trail.

In a press conference televised live on ESPNU Wednesday afternoon from his high school, Cameron Robinson,’s No. 1 player at any position in the Class of 2014, announced that he has verbally committed to play his collegiate football at Alabama.  The West Monroe, La., offensive tackle opted for the Tide over the other member of his Top Two, LSU.

The verbal to the Tide comes a handful of days after Robinson’s good friend, four-star Monroe, La., wide receiver Cameron Sims, committed to UA,

(Writer’s note: it’s at this point in the program where we, as always, note that verbal commitments are non-binding and nothing is official until pen is put to National Letter of Intent paper)

Robinson plans to graduate high school in December and, at least for now, enroll at Alabama in January.

The 6-6, 320-pound Robinson had narrowed down his choices to Alabama and LSU in late May, eschewing planned visits to schools like Georgia and Texas A&M.  As recently as late July, Robinson denied that he had a favorite among the two.

“Neither school has really separated themselves from each other,” Robinson said. “People are talking and don’t know what they’re talking about. Neither school has led for me. I don’t have a lead school other than those two. If I had to make a choice tomorrow I don’t know if I could because I actually don’t know where I want to go.”

In addition to being the top player in the country according to, puts Robinson as the No. 3 player at any position while ranks him No. 2.  Suffice to say, he’s the consensus No. 1 offensive lineman in next year’s class.

The fact that the Tide landed a verbal from one of the top players in the country, though, is hardly a surprise, even as they went into LSU’s backyard to do so.  Rivals ranks Alabama’s 2014 recruiting class — 19 commitments, 13 of them four-star players — as the No. 1 class in the country.  Since 2008, Saban’s second year in Tuscaloosa, the Tide has claimed that recruiting service’s top class a whopping five times.  The only time in that six-year stretch they weren’t the No. 1 class was 2010 when they were No. 5.

UA’s worst finish under Saban was the coach’s first year (No. 10, 2007).  To put the recruiting success with Saban involved into perspective, the Tide finished No. 30 (2002), No. 49 (2003), No. 24 (2004), No. 18 (2005) and No. 11 (2006) in the five years prior to Saban’s arrival.

Roll Damn Tide indeed.

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44 Responses to “Nation’s No. 1 2014 recruit opts for Tide over home-state LSU”
  1. be4bama says: Sep 4, 2013 1:44 PM

    I hope he sticks with his commitment. BAMA needs him on the O line for sure!!! ROLL TIDE

  2. mrlaloosh says: Sep 4, 2013 1:55 PM

    Money talks.

  3. BrownsTown says: Sep 4, 2013 1:55 PM


  4. bigdinla says: Sep 4, 2013 2:02 PM

    And here come those filled with envy!

  5. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 4, 2013 2:05 PM

    Somebody better call 911 in Baton Rouge.
    I think Les Miles just had a stroke after hearing about Robinson.

  6. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 4, 2013 2:06 PM

    Roll Turd!

  7. noaxetogrind says: Sep 4, 2013 2:24 PM

    @ Mr. Laloosh,
    Certainly no fan of Bama but sir perhaps you meant to say “Winning Talks”.
    P.S.- Should LSU defeat Bama lets see if this commit holds up.

  8. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 4, 2013 2:32 PM

    No problem with any Louisiana player committing to another team. Alabama comes to Louisiana to recruit because we have the best players per capita of any recruiting area.

    Since LSU wins most games played at Tuscaloosa or Birmingham, by virtue of the past decade or so of history, LSU will likely win this year’s game as well.

  9. dryzzt23 says: Sep 4, 2013 2:38 PM

    Another PFT SEC propaganda story…..

  10. dhardy8207 says: Sep 4, 2013 2:49 PM

    AND now come all haters to hiss and moan unfounded accusations, make ill attempts to predict the future, and cry about the possibilities of an unstopable TIDE!


  11. packerbadger says: Sep 4, 2013 2:57 PM

    66 is not only his height, but also probably his IQ. Went to SECheat school because all of the other conference schools would actually require a gpa. I do love how all the $EC players and alumni players have been dominating the headlines though.

  12. afrancis55 says: Sep 4, 2013 3:22 PM

    I guess money really can buy anything


  13. kdbroom says: Sep 4, 2013 3:40 PM

    Alabama must not be producing any talent. They have 20 commitments, and only 3 are from the State of Alabama.

  14. be4bama says: Sep 4, 2013 4:23 PM

    Kd, BAMA already has all the recruits from our state that are needed.
    And why wouldn’t a kid choose to play for SABAN and the 2 time defending NATIONAL CHAMPIONS?
    All the haters commenting on this thanks for all the laughs. You have truly brightened my day.

  15. billf7095 says: Sep 4, 2013 4:53 PM

    Cameron Robinson selected Alabama over LSU because he wanted to play for a winner, instead of a looser like Les Miles.

    Cameron Robinson wanted to play for the second coming of the Bear.

    How many national titles do you want to win Cameron?

    Les Miles has never beaten Saban, he never beat the Bear, and he never will.

    Roll Damn Tide!

  16. packerbadger says: Sep 4, 2013 4:56 PM

    kdbroom says:Sep 4, 2013 3:40 PM

    Alabama must not be producing any talent. They have 20 commitments, and only 3 are from the State of Alabama.
    This is the title of a news story on CNN website.

    “Alabama High School Football Coaches Brawl After Game”

    I’m guessing Aaron Hernandez may have gone there. Sounds like the $EC’s preferred method of edjamacation.

  17. deniscallais says: Sep 4, 2013 5:05 PM

    uh Billf7095……

    Les Miles has won 3 games against Alabama while Nick Saban has been coach.

    You are correct that Les never won a game against Bear Bryant, and I dont think he ever will.

  18. jdd0455 says: Sep 4, 2013 5:16 PM

    Billf had you done your homework you may have known that Miles never coached against Bryant and for that matter, neither did Satan. For the record, Miles is 5-4 coaching against Satan. Time to move out of the 70’s and let the poor Bear rest in peace.

  19. icelovinbrotha215 says: Sep 4, 2013 7:06 PM

    Eh. That hurts.

  20. mehtoolazy says: Sep 4, 2013 7:37 PM

    As a Bama fan, I long for the day when recruits will pick us not for the briefcases full of cash, the fancy suv’s and the tailored suits, but because we’re a powerhouse football team that’s won, say, 3 out of the past 4 national titles.

  21. be4bama says: Sep 4, 2013 7:44 PM

    Lets not forget those beautiful and sleek Dodge Chargers.
    Love it mehtoo….ROLL TIDE

  22. sfsugator says: Sep 4, 2013 7:58 PM

    its only September he will change his mind at least 3 times before actual signing day. verbals are garbage.

  23. normtide says: Sep 4, 2013 8:18 PM

    Nice pick up, if it sticks. No use in throwing a party until he gets to campus.

    LSU and Bama go toe to toe on many recruits, because both are really strong programs with great coaches. Its that simple. And yes, snapper, LSU has a great recent record at Bama, but Bama has an all tine great record at LSU. Its an awesome rivalry, will leave it at that till we meet this year.

    Per capita, Alabama is usually top 5 in 4 or 5 star recruits produced in state. The Tide are at a point where they can recruit nation wide, like many other programs. Saban is skilled at assessing high school players. Why not go after who you want, if you can.

    The rest of you seem jealous. I see most are B1G fans. Remember when y’all could win enough to recruit like that? Maybe not, been a while, ask your parents about it.

  24. be4bama says: Sep 4, 2013 8:29 PM

    Priceless Norm!!

  25. dcroz says: Sep 4, 2013 8:58 PM

    Eh, typical from the haters. BrownsTown–Cleveland’s favorite village idiot–is still beating his Tom al-Betar dead horse, while tlmoon2112 still can’t say anything beyond “Roll Turd,” probably because that’s the only words he’s learned from his worn-out See-N-Say.

    As for packerbadger, he thinks this guy has an IQ of 66. Why is that? Is it because he’s Southern? Is it because he’s committed to Alabama? Oh, wait, could it be because he’s BLACK? Seems to me he’d be accusing us Southerners of racism were we the ones saying it about a Wisconsin player. And what’s good for the goose (or badger, in this case)….

  26. Deb says: Sep 4, 2013 11:47 PM

    It’s like I stumbled into a rerun of last year’s posts. BrownsTown, tlmoon2112, and that sad Wisconsin fan desperately need new material.

    Geez, BrownsTown, the other two didn’t get a full serving at the cafeteria, so what can we expect? But at least you used to demonstrate a little wit now and then. Tsk, tsk. Pitiful. 😆

  27. jonanthans says: Sep 4, 2013 11:48 PM

    As someone who lives in West Monroe, LA, its no surprise to us that he chose Bama. We knew that was a huge possibility especially since his buddy was already headed to Alabama. While we hate to lose out on a homegrown talent, our recruiting is far from hurting.

    Good luck to Cam, wish him all the best.

  28. suprmous says: Sep 4, 2013 11:55 PM

    Snapper, now I know why you’re so liked over here: all aroun good guy. And not to mention a pretty good partner in crime when it comes to bein an LSU fan. I can’t help but to wonder tho why so many of these Bama fans find it hard to admit that the Tide’s capable of not always bein so polished up and finely tuned. You’d think they were incapable of losin where we at LSU know we can and have seen it happen and sometimes more than we can stomach. Nonetheless, here’s hopin for all of the teams to have a succesful season with very l’il injuries to their team.

  29. tony34343434 says: Sep 5, 2013 8:11 AM

    wonder how much he is being paid!

    Roll Damn Cheaters!

  30. packerbadger says: Sep 5, 2013 8:26 AM

    As for packerbadger, he thinks this guy has an IQ of 66. Why is that?
    Because is a FACT that the $EC is the dumbest conference. I guess you didn’t read my prev post where I stated that the other conferences are probably going to actually require some academics along with football skills. Looking at how the $EC players are making the news as of late, I seem to fairly accurate in my statement. Just so you know, Wisconsin is a northern state and we fought against slavery. I unfortunately live in the south and just because Justice John Roberts says racism doesn’t exist in the south, its worse now than I’ve ever seen it here in NC. They just implemented a form of Jim Crow laws here in North Carolina along with some other anti minority laws. So next time engage brain and facts before fingers. Oh, and FACTUALLY speaking, the southern states are at the BOTTOM of the edjamacation barrel. Look it up Festus.

    Hey Deb…how about Alabama play the Green Bay Packers. Would be a much more fair matchup. Neither go to school and both sets of players get paid. We’d kick your a$$!!

  31. bamafan36 says: Sep 5, 2013 2:16 PM

    Hey, badgerpacker….just because you said it, doesn’t make it so. The fact is, the SEC (specifically Alabama) graduates more student athletes than the B1G. And, that takes into account our GREAT football players that leave early to play in the NFL. Also to be noted, just because someone didn’t major in communication, doesn’t mean that they are ignorant or stupid.

    As for the gauntlet that you dropped???? Not only are YOU ignorant, your cheeseheads would lose. The only hope you’d have, is to bring Brett Favre back to GB, because Rodgers is horrible! You have no running game, and AR throws up too many interceptions. Don’t hate because our coaching staff and players make more than yours.

  32. Deb says: Sep 5, 2013 5:39 PM

    @bamafan36 …

    Great response … except for the part about the Pack’s running game. They have Eddie Lacy, and he’ll do a nice job for them if they give him adequate support. Would like to have seen him in Pittsburgh :)

  33. be4bama says: Sep 5, 2013 6:54 PM

    I hear you Deb. I cried when the packers took Eddie Lacy. I’m not much of a NFL fan but the Steelers and Falcons are my top two teams. One of the Steeler’s coaches is a lifelong friend and the Falcons were my Daddy’s favorite team. I also follow the BAMA boy’s careers on their various teams in the NFL. But I’ve NEVER cared for the packers. Can’t understand why anyone would want to wear a wedge of cheese on their head.

  34. Deb says: Sep 6, 2013 2:57 PM

    @be4bama …

    Was born into the Tide, and my family were all just college fans. But I fell in love with the NFL and have been a diehard Steelers fan for 36 years. I keep up with the Tide players around the league, too, and wish them well–except when it affects Pittsburgh :) Speaking of Tide players … is your friend with the Steelers Johnny Mitchell?

  35. be4bama says: Sep 6, 2013 3:12 PM

    Deb his name is Keith Butler. I think he coaches the linebackers. Keith is a mighty fine man.

  36. be4bama says: Sep 6, 2013 3:17 PM

    Dang it I hit send too soon. Keith and I grew up together. He played college ball at Memphis and was with the Seahawks until they drafted Brian Bosworth. He was offered the DC job with the Colts last year but stayed with the Steelers. Keith said the Steeler organization is part of his extended family. I don’t remember the owners name but Keith said he hopes to always be a Steeler.

  37. Deb says: Sep 6, 2013 6:09 PM

    be4bama …

    I thought it might be Johnny Mitchell because he’s a Bama grad. But we Steelers fans certainly know Keith Butler. He’s the heir-apparent to Dick LeBeau, our defensive coordinator. LeBeau is a Hall of Fame defensive back, an architect of the zone blitz, and one of the all-time great defensive coaches in NFL history. He’s 75 and still going strong, but the assumption is that Butler will step in when “Dad” decides to retire. Yes, he’s a favorite with the Rooney family and with the fans. The linebacking corps holds a special place in our hearts :)

  38. wjoinfo says: Sep 6, 2013 9:59 PM

    Bill, you forgot that he never beat Knute Rockne either. Did you graduate from Alabama? They must be so proud of you………………

  39. taintedlombardis says: Sep 7, 2013 6:09 PM

    Did some stupid SEC gump just say that B.ama would beat the Green Bay Packers and that Rodgers sucks? Exhibit 2,123,579 that they are the most mentally challenged simpletons on the planet.

  40. be4bama says: Sep 7, 2013 6:14 PM

    Nope, tainted I don’t see that. Which gump said that?

  41. be4bama says: Sep 7, 2013 6:35 PM

    Ok now I see. After next Saturday I’ll let you know if I agree with BAMAfan36. BTW I rather be a gump than a cheesehead any day.

  42. bamafan36 says: Sep 7, 2013 9:31 PM

    LOL! It was a stinking joke taint. There is NO way we beat an NFL team. No way! Not even the Pack. But, I still stand by the fact that AR sucks! He’s like JoePa….not in the way that he lets his teammate’s touch kids….but that he used to be good. And then the game passed him by.

    I am proud to be a Gump, as well be4bama. I just see that we have to explain the knock-knock jokes to these B1G fans, just like the AT&T commercial. “He doesn’t get it.”

  43. bamafan36 says: Sep 7, 2013 9:36 PM

    @Deb…..I worry that GB will do with Lacey like the Ain’ts have done with Ingram. As a Steeler (since I am 2) and Falcon (home grown), I would have LOVED to pick up EL. I am even hoping that Atlanta grabs Ingram from NoLa next year. I like Jackson, but, Ingram would flourish in our system.

  44. Deb says: Sep 8, 2013 1:45 PM


    You’ll have to excuse taintedlombardis. He’s a little slow … and not in a war-hero, business-mogul Forrest Gump kind of way 😉 I think we all know even the best college team won’t beat a pro team, but a lot of pro teams are happy to have Bama players on their rosters.

    I’m really disappointed with the way New Orleans has handled Ingram. Payton’s a great coach (despite some questionable decision-making) and I thought Mark would be in good hands with him. But they have not played to his strengths. I’d like to see him go to a team that knows how to use him properly. Lacey should do well for the Pack. He’s a different type back than Mark, and McCarthy seems to have a handle on him. But we’ll see. Wouldn’t mind seeing Mark reunite with Julio in Atlanta. That’s a great team, and I like our guys to land in good places.

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