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Wednesday, September 4, 2013
LSU's options after Robinson decision

By Derek Tyson

There is no question losing out on five-star in-state offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (Monroe, La./West Monroe) was a big loss for LSU. Left tackles are at a premium and with Robinson's size, athleticism and tenacity he is a player every team in the country would want.

So where does LSU go from here?

The good news for the Tigers is that junior La'el Collins, after a solid performance against TCU, looks like a great fit at left tackle. True freshman Ethan Pocic was a highly regarded tackle in high school, and though he is currently playing center, he could slide out to tackle after Collins leaves. Right tackle Jerald Hawkins also has the ability to move to the left side so the Tigers will have plenty of options to consider.

As for recruiting, there just aren't too many linemen with the skills of Robinson, the No. 3 overall player in the ESPN 300. But that doesn't mean there aren't other quality options available. The Tigers have commitments from four-star guards Garrett Brumfield (Baton Rouge, La./University Lab) and William Clapp (New Orleans/Brother Martin), who are both very athletic prospects who could possibly move to tackle.

Unfortunately for LSU, most of the top 2014 tackle prospects are already committed. But don't be surprised if the Tigers revisit two of those, Andy Bauer (St. Louis, Mo./De Smet Jesuit) and Bentley Spain (Charlotte, N.C./Providence), who are committed to Ole Miss and North Carolina, respectively. The Tigers could also look to the junior college ranks to find a tackle if necessary.

LSU has always done a nice job recruiting offensive linemen, so if it isn’t able to secure a top tackle in this year's class, expect the Tigers to make it a priority for 2015.