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June 20, 2012Monroe Ouachita Parish offensive tackle Cameron Robinson is regarded as one of the nation's top offensive line prospects in the 2014 recruiting class. College coaches from across the country are well aware of his talents, and last week, Robinson picked up two big honors that would seem to solidify his status among the nation's elite.
Both the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Under Armour All-America Game extended formal invitations to the 6-6, 320-pound standout, and Robinson's thrilled to have the recognition.
"It's just an honor. I didn't think that would happen. I attribute it to the hard work I've put in over the years," Robinson said. "I'm always trying to critique every part of my game, get better. It's an honor.
"Being all-star games, it will be a chance to have a little fun, show that I can hold my own against some of the best players in the country."
On the recruiting front, Robinson holds offers from some of the top programs in college football. This summer, he's attended camps at Texas, LSU and Alabama, the three schools that currently sit atop his list. The LSU camp came one day after the stop in Austin and Robinson was a spectator only in Baton Rouge.
"I tweaked my groin a little bit at Texas. (LSU) Coach (Gary) Studrawa said don't work out, just come. I may go back to either LSU or Alabama in July," Robinson said.
His most recent stop, at Alabama, drew positive reviews, as did the workout at Texas.
"It went really good. We did some one-on-one pass rushing. They pretty much just told me I showed everything I needed to do (at Alabama). I guess I did pretty well," Robinson said. "The one at Texas went really well also. I think I had a good camp there. Coach (Stacy) Searels told me he liked what he saw. Overall, I had a good camp at Texas also."
Robinson has had Alabama, LSU and Texas grouped atop his leader board for several months. He's maintained that none of the three are standing out above the others, and no other schools are closing the gap on his three favorites.
"Those are just my top three. I've spoken with their coaches the most. I have a good relationship with them," Robinson said. "They all three play, in my opinion, in the two best conferences in college football. They all win, have winning traditions and you feel like you're at home. All three have amazing fan bases. I like everything about them, really."
Along with a possible second stop in Baton Rouge or Tuscaloosa, Robinson said he'll spend the remainder of his summer working on strength and conditioning, trying to improve his already impressive skill set.
"I work on every part of my game. I work on my pass blocking, my agility, footwork drills, jumping rope," he said. "I'll work on everything. Even if I think I'm good at a certain part, I'm still going to work on it to get better. You can never can be perfect. I want to be well-rounded."