Sunday, February 3, 2013
ESPN 150 DT decommits from Texas
By Max Olson
Texas' 2013 recruiting class had already suffered four decommitments. Just four days before signing day, the Longhorns suffered another one that was more stunning than the rest.
In his first interview since rumors spread Saturday that he will sign with Alabama, Fort Worth (Texas) Arlington Heights defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson told HornsNation he has decommitted from Texas.
ESPN 150 defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson has been committed to Texas since last February.
“I talked to my mom about it. We decided a couple days ago,” Robinson said. “When coach [Bo] Davis came I wanted to tell him to his face.”
Davis, the Longhorn defensive tackles coach, did an in-home visit with Robinson on Saturday morning. Since then, multiple reports have cited sources saying Robinson told Davis he’s going to Alabama.
“I don’t know how that story came about,” Robinson said. “All I told him was I couldn’t come to Texas, that Texas wasn’t the best fit for me. I don’t know where that story came from.”
The ESPN 150 defensive lineman insisted he is currently uncommitted and won’t announce his decision until 2:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday. He’s not happy that the news got out Saturday that his decision had already been made.
“Texas leaking that story made me kind of mad,” Robinson said. “They kind of tried to ruin the moment for me. Them leaking the story made me mad. I stopped considering them when I told them I was decommitting.”
According to NCAA regulations, Texas coaches are not allowed to speak publicly about unsigned recruits.
Robinson admitted his mind is “pretty much made up” and that he’s no longer considering Texas or USC. Both schools had long been in his top three with Alabama.
When asked if Texas could still recruit him this week and have a shot and signing him, Robinson said: “I was thinking about it, but not really. They’re out of it.”
The 6-foot-5, 304-pound defensive tackle had been committed to Texas since Feb. 16. That didn't stop him from taking official visits to Florida State, USC and Alabama this fall, and Texas bent its typical rules to permit those visits.
After his official visit to Texas last weekend, Robinson said he remained firmly committed to UT. Throughout the fall, Robinson said Texas was still his No. 1 school despite the visits. But Alabama hasn’t backed down.
Coach Nick Saban visited Arlington Heights on Monday, and Saban joined recruiting coordinator Mike Groh on an in-home visit during the week. Robinson is being recruited as a defensive end in Alabama’s 3-4 defense.
“It wasn’t the push from Bama,” Robinson said. “I just changed my mind after I thought about things.”
Before decommitting, many had believed that Robinson’s decision was going to come down to his mother and that she wanted her son to stay in-state.
Robinson said that hasn’t been the case during his recruiting process and was not an issue when it came time to decommit from Texas.
“That was never what she thought,” he said. “That’s what people kept assuming, but that was never what she thought.”