December 8, 2009

Rebels trying to get in Mr. Robinson's neighborhood

Four-star offensive tackle Damien Robinson is starting two of the busiest months of his life this week in Mobile.

Robinson, a 6-foot-8, 330-pound offensive tackle from Olive Branch, Miss., is getting ready for Saturday's Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. He'll play in the U.S. Army All-American Game next month in San Antonio. And he'll take several official visits to prospective colleges during the next eight-plus weeks.

"It's a pretty good experience for right now, but I've got a lot of work to do," Robinson said Tuesday. "I'm learning a lot because this is one of the greatest experiences you can be in. I'm looking forward to facing great athletes. I'm expecting a lot from those guys."

The official visits start next weekend when Robinson, ranked the No. 23 offensive line prospect in the nation by, travels to Arkansas. He'll return from San Antonio to take official visits to Tennessee on Jan. 15 and Mississippi State on Jan. 22. Oklahoma is also in the mix and a fifth school, Ole Miss, is making a run.

"It's impressed me that they've taken take out to recruit me hard and I've learned more about them," said Robinson, who named a top five of Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi State and, "if I have a fifth, it would be Ole Miss."

Robinson said he wants to learn more about the Rebels, specifically, "how everything's set up, how the players are, how the community is, everything."

Robinson is ranked by as the nation's No. 170 overall prospect. He is the starting right tackle for Team Mississippi this week in Mobile.

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