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Thursday, January 24, 2013
ESPN 150 DT talks Alabama, Texas visits

By Max Olson

A'Shawn Robinson broke his silence Wednesday night to talk about his official visit to Alabama last weekend.

The ESPN 150 defensive tackle from Fort Worth (Texas) Arlington Heights, who told HornsNation that Texas remains his No. 1 school, is giving the Longhorns his final visit this weekend. While he already has been to junior days, camps and home games, he’s looking forward to one more chance to see UT.

A'Shawn Robinson
ESPN 150 defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson is taking an official visit to Texas this weekend.
“It’ll be good,” Robinson said. “I just want to make sure I’m making the right decision, so I’m going down there.”

Robinson said he liked his trip to Tuscaloosa “about the same” as the one he took to USC in December. Those are the two schools fighting to flip Robinson from his longtime Texas pledge. He said he’s still down to those three schools and won’t take any more visits after seeing Texas this weekend.

“Alabama was good. I had a fun time,” he said. “The best part was having breakfast at Coach [Nick] Saban’s house. That was pretty cool.”

There is one difference about how Alabama is recruiting him: The Crimson Tide want Robinson to play defensive end in their 3-4 scheme.

That’s just fine by him, especially after he primarily played on the outside in a 5-2 defense for Arlington Heights as a senior.

“It’s good, I like that,” he said. “They said I’d work well at defensive end.”

Robinson has stayed in touch with Texas coaches throughout the process, and Mack Brown visited his school last week, before his trip to Alabama.

“They were just checking in on me to see how things were going,” Robinson said.

While he has been on campus in Austin several times, Robinson still says he has high expectations going into the visit.

It’s likely he’ll be Texas’ only visitor this weekend, but he said he thinks it will be nice to have more one-on-one time with the coaching staff and players.

After that official visit is over, Robinson will start thinking about his signing day decision. He’s excited for Feb. 6 to come, in part because it will end a long, hectic recruiting process.

Despite how this has all played out, Robinson has stuck with his commitment to Texas. This weekend could reaffirm that. Or it could set him up for a big signing-day surprise.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Robinson said.