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Friday, January 11, 2013
LB Marcus Robinson has a new plan

By Dave Hooker

Marcus Robinson had a great relationship with Arkansas' previous coaching staff. Not so much with the new.

That's why he decided to decommit.

"It's been a month or so since they got the new coaching staff and they haven't contacted me," the linebacker from Memphis (Tenn.) East said referring to the current Arkansas staff under head coach Bret Bielema. "I heard they had lost interest."

Fortunately for Robinson, other schools haven't lost interest. He is now considering Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Memphis and LSU. Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Memphis have offered the 6-foot-4, 207-pound prospect. LSU is still evaluating him.

Robinson said Ole Miss leads the other schools for his services. He said he plans to take an official visit to Oxford on Jan. 18 or Jan. 25.

"I'm really loving the coaching staff they have now," Robinson said.

So are other prospects. The Rebels received a commitment from ESPN 300 running back Kailo Moore from Rosedale (Miss.) West Bolivar on Friday. More are coming.

The Rebels are in the hunt -- if not the lead -- for the nation's No. 1 overall prospect, Robert Nkemdiche from Loganville (Ga.) Grayson, the nation's No. 1 receiver, Laquon Treadwell from Crete (Ill.) Monee, and Antonio Conner from Batesville (Miss.) South Panola. Conner is rated the No. 24 prospect in the nation, the top prospect in Mississippi and the No. 2 safety in the country.

"I think it's a great class with some big-time players," Robinson said. "If I join them we can make some great things happen."

Ole Miss will have to battle its fierce rivals. Robinson said Mississippi State was his favorite school when he was a junior. State also has a strong tie to Robinson. His former teammate, Will Redmond, was a freshman defensive back last season.

"That was my first college choice at first," Robinson said.

Robinson also appreciates the challenge in Starkville. If fact, he seems to welcome it.

"I feel like if I go there I can help them rebuild," Robinson said.

Robinson said he plans to take an official visit to LSU before national signing day. Robinson said he has grown fond of the LSU coaches.