[Update]: Horns Nation writer William Wilkerson just tweeted that Robinson told him Texas wants him as a defensive tackle. Could have implications for Justin Manning. --Wescott--
Momentum is a fickle thing in recruiting. Just days ago, some corners of the Longhorns interwebs were shaken by the lack of a single pledge on the first Junior Day, but after Hookem.com once again broke the news of another commitment, the second in two days, Texas now appears to be rolling with the 2013 class. Fort Worth Arlington Heights OL A'Shawn Robinson joins Dallas Jesuit WR Jake Oliver and Celina OL/DL Jake Raulerson as the 2013 commits for Texas.
Of the three offensive linemen who received offers at JD1, Robinson was considered the least likely to make an early pledge, as he said that he wasn't planning on making a quick decision and then went off the radar following the visit, choosing not to do any in-depth interviews. In fact, Robinson wasn't even ranked among the top five most likely to become the second commit.
Perhaps those lack of interviews were a sign he was close to ending the process, as Robinson surprised the Texas recruiting world with his Thursday commitment.
After initially expressing a desire to play defensive tackle in college, Robinson has since backed off that stance and projects on offense in college. At 6-4, 300 pounds, Robinson has the height to play outside for Texas, but looks like an guard with his already-developed frame -- he's one of those kids who just seems to have natural man strength.
A'Shawn Robinson Highlights (via 247SportsStudio)
Robinson shows off that man strength on the field, firing off the ball low and with a flat back and engulging opposing defenders when he gets his hands on them, consistently showing an ability to drive his legs and finish plays.
In pass protection, Robinson has solid feet, but he doesn't move as well as someone like Kennedy Estelle, so even though he's projected at this point as an offensive tackle in college, he looks more like a right tackle than a left tackle. The big tackle also needs some work on his technique, as he has a tendency to cross his feet in pass protection and needs some significant development with his kick step.
The addition of Robinson is an impressive start to what is expected to eventually be an elite group of offensive linemen, with Harker Heights OL Darius James and Lake Highlands OT Kent Perkins both thought to be favoring Texas and several other top-flight prospects both in the state and in neighboring Louisiana being evaluated.
The suddenly rolling Longhorns may not be done this week either, with Sealy WR/TE Ricky Seals-Jones still expected to make his decision in the coming days.