- David Helman, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Rashard Robinson (Pompano Beach, Fla./Ely Blanche) wasn't a hard guy to identify upon arrival at LSU's July camp Sunday afternoon.
Decked out in gray Under Armour track clothes, the Florida native was the giant blur moving up and down LSU's indoor field during pre-camp workouts. Robinson, who checks in at an unusually large 6-foot-2 for a cornerback, blitzed past onlookers as he ran the 40-yard dash for LSU coaches. Although his runs were hand-timed, he clocked in with times of 4.33 and 4.41 -- pretty quick, right?
Not quick enough for Robinson, apparently.
"I can do better," he said.
That might seem nit-picky, but Robinson is on a mission to impress as he visits LSU this summer. He missed the Tigers' first camp of summer, back in early June, because of school obligations. But Robinson has had the second and final camp circled on the calendar.
Some expected Robinson to commit to LSU's 2013 class as far back as April, but the general consensus is the senior had some work to do with the coaching staff before he'd have a chance to join the Tigers' ranks.
After two days at camp, he's certainly playing like that's the case. Robinson continued his stay at camp Monday afternoon with some more workouts and an extended run through 7-on-7 drills with several of the Tigers' most coveted commitments. With his towering height, he had no problem blanketing most receivers he went up against. His footwork against some smaller receivers forced him into playing from behind several times, but in most cases his length was enough to make up for the extra step.
The Pompano product wasn't afraid to get physical, either. With top prospects from around the region converging on Baton Rouge, there was a definite air of competition around camp -- starting with trash-talking on Sunday -- and leading up to Monday, where Robinson and fellow recruits like ESPN 150 Kendell Beckwith were throwing receivers to the turf.
Despite his slight, 161-pound frame, Robinson seemed to favor the physical style. Talking with defensive backs coach Corey Raymond during position drills, he stressed his desire to play press and jam receivers at the line of scrimmage. Interestingly enough, LSU coach Les Miles came outside to watch Robinson and his fellow defensive backs do just that.
The second day experience left a better taste in Robinson's mouth. He said given the chance to acclimate himself, he felt much more comfortable in the Tigers' workouts. Robinson said he planned to take a tour of the LSU campus Monday night -- another step in a busy week in Baton Rouge.
Back in June, Robinson said he hoped to reach national signing day before making a choice, but he added that if things felt right he'd make his college commitment early. With two days left at camp, it will be interesting to see if that decision comes for LSU.
Rashard Robinson (Pompano Beach, Fla./Ely Blanche) wasn't a hard guy to identify upon arrival at LSU's July camp Sunday afternoon.Decked out in gray Under Armour track clothes, the Florida native was the giant blur moving up and down LSU's indoor field during pre-camp workouts.