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A'Shawn Robinson Visits Florida State, May Be Interested In USC, Alabama

The Texas Longhorns lost one big-time prospect in June with the de-commitment of Sealy freak athlete Ricky Seals-Jones and could be in danger after losing another after defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson visited Florida State for the Clemson game and could be considering other trips.

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A'Shawn Robinson finally taking Alabama official

The top-rated commit in the 2013 class will complete his visit process to other schools by tripping to Tuscaloosa.

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Post-USC OV, time to worry about A'Shawn Robinson

It may finally be time to seriously worry about the possibility of the top-rated recruit in the 2013 class inking with Texas.

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A'Shawn Robinson Planning More Visits

Texas Longhorns recruitniks were shocked last week when 2013 Fort Worth Arlington Heights defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson unexpectedly showed up in Tallahassee to watch the Florida State Seminoles take on the Clemson Tigers.

And the bad news for fans of the burnt orange and white continued Thursday, because Robinson isn't done taking visits -- he told 247Sports that he's also planning on taking official visits to USC and Alabama ($) before the process is through, even though the Trojans already have a full class with 18 pledges.

A source close to the Arlington Heights program considers USC to be a serious threat to the Longhorns.

A standout at The Opening due to his natural strength and ability to pick up tips on technique from current Detroit Lions star Ndamukong Suh, Robinson is currently the top-rated prospect in the Texas class after the defection of Sealy athlete Ricky Seals-Jones, a player Texas is no longer recruiting.

If there is some good news for the Longhorns, it's that Robinson plans on making his way down to Austin on Oct. 6 to see the school to which he is currently pledged. The game against the West Virginia Mountaineers will mark the first time the former Big East power will play in Austin as a member of the Big 12 conference, and the visitor list is expected to include some of the top targets still left on the Texas recruiting board.

Robinson added Thursday that he is still committed to play for Mack Brown and company but seemingly did not attach a percentage to his commitment. During the summer, he declared himself 100 percent committed to Texas as rumors swirled that he would take the visits he is now planning.

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A'Shawn Robinson May Take More Visits

Concerns that 2013 Texas Longhorns defensive tackle commit A'Shawn Robinson (Fort Worth, TX/Arlington Heights) could take other visits died down in the late summer as he affirmed his 100% commitment to the Longhorns at various summer camps.

After taking in the Michigan-Alabama game several weeks ago, Robinson unexpectedly showed up in Tallahassee, Florida for the Clemson game. Consider the rumors resurfaced, except for real.

According to Hookem.com, the 247Sports Texas site, reported Tuesday that the naturally strong defensive tackle is receiving heavy interest from USC and Alabama ($). The source, cited as being close to Robinson's high school program, believes that USC is the largest potential threat. Be that as it may, a visit to Alabama is scary. Best to keep commits as far away from the tentacles of Nick Saban as possible.

The Trojans, however, have a full class, though talented cornerback commit Jalen Ramsey is taking visits and Lane Kiffin would surely welcome a visit from Robinson. Wouldn't put it past him jettisoning another commit to make room for Robinson, either.

The big defensive tackle who shined at The Opening under the tutelage of Ndamukong Suh, Robinson didn't say much during the summer when the rumors were swirling originally and barely said more when he did give interviews on the camp circuit.

As a result, the rest of his recruitment could be a string of visits popping up, followed by reports from sources. Preceded by reports from sources.

The key for Texas, as always in these situations, is getting Robinson back on campus. When that will happen isn't clear, but the West Virginia game is surely the one the staff has circled in their attempts to get Robinson in Austin. If Robinson doesn't make it in for that game, it's fair to ratchet up the level of concern.

Calling Robinson a solid verbal is probably a stretch at this point, but it's a much better situation to be in than still pursuing at a time when Texas fans and Mack Brown would be more than willing to bail on his recruitment.

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