The foundation of a good offense for any team starts up front with the guys who rarely get the credit they deserve, i.e. the hog mollies. LSU currently holds two verbal pledges from offensive linemen, Evan Washington and Jermarcus Hardrick, but this class has room for one more.
Les Miles and his staff have their eyes set on only a select few big men to put the finishing touch on the offensive line for the Class of 2010 and one is Olive Branch High School product Damien Robinson.
It would take at least three pairs of hands to count the amount of offers Robinson has piled up over the season, but now just six fingers is all that is needed.
TigerSportsDigest.com caught up with the four-star prospect who is ranked No. 8 in the country at his position and he gave us an update on where things stand.
“Everything is pretty good,” Robinson expressed. “We’re 9-2 right now which is great, but there is still a goal I’d like to reach. I’d like to win a state championship this year and that is all I have been focusing on.
“I’ve still been talking to college coaches about recruiting, but I do not let that interfere with my season and most of the coaches recruiting me understand that. They know this is my last season and they also know I have homework and stuff to do so they’ve been working around my schedule for us to talk.”
Robinson narrowed his list to six schools a couple of weeks back with LSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi State and Arkansas making the cut. Now the task facing Robinson is one more cut that will nudge him a little closer to making a decision.
“I’m still seeing what those schools have to offer,” he said. “I’m working on narrowing it down to five so I can take my official visits, but in the meantime I’ve been going on unofficial visits. I went to the Alabama/Tennessee game and I’m going to Mississippi State this weekend for the Alabama game and then to Ole Miss for the LSU game.”
Although he was not at the game, he did manage to watch two of his remaining teams square off against each other on television this past weekend when LSU traveled to Alabama.
“I watched it,” Robinson informed. “I think it turned out how I expected it to. I wasn’t too surprised. I knew it was going to be a good game. Both teams had great athletes on the field, but it seemed like Alabama was a little more aggressive than LSU and I think that was the difference in the game.”
As for the 6-foot-8, 330-pound monster, he believes if he were to select LSU he could be the cornerstone of the offense that sets the tone up front.
“After looking at LSU, I think I could fit in good at left tackle on their offense,” Robinson admitted. “I think I would be a good addition to their team.”
The odds of LSU getting an official visit are very good for Robinson who has already made two unofficial visits – the summer before his junior year, as well as this past summer for camp. Whether or not Robinson will get to see the Tigers inside of Death Valley this season, though, remains to be the question.
“At this point I really don’t know,” Robinson said of when he will be making a trip to Baton Rouge. “I’m trying to narrow my list now. When I do go on my visits, though, I will be looking at the environment on campus and in the community as well as the environment amongst the football program including the fans. Location will not be a factor in my decision.”