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Today, we discuss how LSU emerged as the leader for Alabama athlete Maurice Robinson, who aspires to play quarterback.
NEW ORLEANS — Whether Maurice Robinson lines up behind center or in a secondary next year remains a question. But the program that is willing to give him the opportunity to play quarterback is the unquestioned leader for his services at this juncture of the spring.
Robinson, a 3-star athlete from Murphy (Ala.) High School, is being recruited by LSU and Alabama, but at different positions. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder secured an offer from the Tigers and former area recruiter Dameyune Craig in January to play quarterback, while the Tide believe Robinson could be an effective asset in their defensive backfield.
The former has caught the attention of Robinson, who named LSU his early leaders after spending time in Baton Rouge for national junior day last weekend.
“They’re still on top, they’re my No. 1 right now,” Robinson told SEC Country at Nike’s “The Opening” regional in New Orleans last Sunday.
“Other than that, my decision is still open, but mostly the atmosphere when I went down there — it was calming and it was something that I could get used to.”
LSU’s pursuit of Robinson as a quarterback is why the SEC power is out in front early on.
That’s where Robinson’s mindset is at this stage in his recruitment. He holds offers from Alabama, Memphis and Troy, but LSU’s overture looms the largest because of the potential offense he could engineer and the opportunity that’s available to him in the Bayou.
“I’m an athlete, but I like that LSU is recruiting me at quarterback,” Robinson explained. “If I get the chance or the opportunity, I’ll play quarterback. That’s what I want to play, but if I have to play something else to get out there I will.”
New Tigers offensive coordinator Matt Canada has taken over Robinson’s recruitment in place of Craig, who is now a quality control coach at Florida State.
Robinson and Canada had their first face-to-face meeting during junior day last Saturday and utilized their time together to get to know each other on a more personal basis.
“Right now, it was very much me introducing myself and just getting to know each other,” he said. “My previous coach was Dameyune Craig, but we (Canada and I) are just getting started. I’m supposed to call him when I get back home and continue to talk about knowing who I am and stuff.”
Robinson got a taste of who Canada is during LSU’s scrimmage last Saturday. He saw Danny Etling operate the offense, as well as Justin McMillan, Lindsey Scott Jr. and Lowell Narcisse get turns.
In other words, he saw pro-style quarterbacks and dual-threat quarterbacks leading the way. Canada’s versatility within his system was the 3-star athlete’s biggest takeaway from the afternoon.
“It’s very easy and something I can get very used to very easily,” Robinson said. “He described all of the different quarterbacks that he’s used and work off of, and that he can change the offense based on them. I liked that because I like that the offense would be based around me and what I can do.”
Like most quarterbacks, Robinson is planning to finalize his commitment early on. He anticipates making a decision sometime before the start of his senior season, most likely in the summertime close to August.
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