MONROE — In a decision that drew the presence of former Olympians and current state senators, all eyes in the college football world stopped to watch West Monroe senior offensive tackle Cameron Robinson choose his college destination.
Robinson, the top offensive lineman in the nation and top Louisiana high school prospect, verbally committed to the University of Alabama during a nationally televised press conference Wednesday at the West Monroe High School Fieldhouse. Robinson joins former Ouachita teammate and childhood best friend Cameron Sims, a wide receiver who committed to Alabama two weeks ago.
Louisiana state senator Mike Walsworth (R-West Monroe) and former Olympic silver-medal winning high-jumper Hollis Conway were among those in attendance as well as WMHS coach Jerry Arledge, WMHS offensive coordinator Glen Hunt and many of the current Rebels players.
A crowd estimated around 150 watched Robinson speak live to the nation on ESPNU.
“The next four years you will see Cameron Robinson at ... the University of Alabama,” Robinson said. The crowd applauded as Robinson took a crimson Alabama hat from a bag and slipped it on.
Despite the fact that West Monroe has had a recent history of their top lineman going to LSU, Robinson said he couldn’t worry about the outside pressures of the recruiting process. He said he just had to focus on what was best for him and his family.
“I just felt the most comfortable at Alabama,” Robinson said. “I think they are the place that will help me be the most successful the next four years. I think if people turn on me, then they weren’t really supporting me in the first place.”
The 6-5, 330-pound Robinson said the fact that Sims was already on board with Alabama was a factor, but not the main factor.
“I would say that it was not a huge difference (to the decision),” Robinson said. “I think of it more of like a bonus.”
With more than five months until national signing day, things could certainly change, as they often do in the wacky world of college recruiting. The commitment by Robinson on Wednesday is only a verbal commitment and is not binding until NCAA National Signing Day in February. But at this point, Robinson has no intentions of changing course.
“No not at all,” Robinson said of possibly changing his mind,” I am 100 percent Roll Tide.”