Texas center Elbert Robinson commits to LSU

LSU’s ballyhooed freshman class hasn’t suited up for a game yet, and already coach Johnny Jones bolstered his ranks for next season.

On Tuesday, the Tigers picked up a vital commitment from Elbert Robinson, a 7-foot, 320-pound center rated as the nation’s No. 51 prospect in the 2014 class, according to multiple recruiting services.

While NCAA bylaws prevented Jones from commenting specifically on Robinson, the second-year coach said he “woke up feeling really good this morning” after being asked about success on the recruiting trail during a fan luncheon at L’Auberge Casino and Hotel.

Last year as a junior, Robinson averaged 14 points, 12.5 rebounds and six blocked shots per game as Lakeview Centennial in Garland, Texas, went 28-8 and shared a district title.

The consensus four-star recruit is a big pick up ahead of November’s early signing period.

LSU will lose seniors Shavon Coleman and Andre Stringer, and Jones has said in the past week that the program is preparing for potentially seeing Johnny O’Bryant III and “at least one freshman,” presumably Jarell Martin, depart early for the NBA draft. That scenario would leave open four scholarships for next season.

A week ago, Jones said LSU’s goal is to sign up to three players in the early period. Already, LSU secured a commitment from swingman Aaron Epps, a 6-9, 215-pound native of Ball who is rated as a three-star prospect.