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Sunday, February 3, 2013
The Uncommitteds: A'Shawn Robinson

By Greg Ostendorf

Editor's note: Leading up to signing day, TideNation will examine the remaining uncommitted prospects still considering the University of Alabama. Today, we look at ESPN 150 defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It’s now official. ESPN 150 defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson has decommitted from Texas, and he says the Longhorns are no longer a factor in his recruitment. He broke the news to UT defensive line coach Bo Davis last week.

A'Shawn Robinson
Alabama appears to be the leader for ESPN 150 defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson.
That’s good news for Alabama fans.

Robinson had been committed to Texas for nearly a year, but that didn’t stop other programs from trying to pursue him, especially the Crimson Tide.

The Lone Star state native took his official visit to Tuscaloosa in January, and he hosted UA head coach Nick Saban last week along with his main recruiter Mike Groh for an in-home visit. Still, he says that wasn’t the reason for the decommitment.

“It wasn’t the push from Bama,” Robinson said. “I just changed my mind after I thought about things.”

Regardless of why he decommitted, it’s safe to say that Alabama looks to be in the driver’s seat heading into signing day. The four-star defensive lineman will announce his decision at 2:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday.

What his commitment would mean ...

Although it looks like it’s all but a done deal now, Robinson’s potential flip from Texas to Alabama still came as a surprise to most.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound defensive tackle was a priority for the Longhorns. It was a position they desperately needed in this class, and he’s a player who comes from their own backyard. But, the UA coaches weren’t afraid to go in there and compete for his services.

If he does end up signing with the Tide, Robinson gives Alabama the versatile defensive lineman it’s been looking for, and with Dee Liner and Eddie Vanderdoes still on the board, he might not be the only addition on the defensive line come signing day.

The strong finish comes in part due to the emphasis put on the position in the last month. Alabama will lose three significant contributors up from last year’s team -- Quinton Dial, Damion Square and Jesse Williams -- and the Tide are looking to replenish

There’s also been talk that Robinson could move to the offensive side of the ball and play on the line, but he expects to start out as a defensive end.

Last we heard ... 

When Robinson talked about his recent decommitment, he said he’s no longer considering Texas or USC. That essentially leaves Alabama.

Reports that Robinson told the UT coaches that he was going to sign with the Tide were false, but all signs currently point towards him still signing with Alabama on Wednesday, barring any last-minute changes.