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July 7, 2012Fort Worth Arlington Heights defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson is considered to be one of the country's top football prospects. Robinson is a star on either side of the ball, and he's ranked in the Rivals100, checking in at No. 87.
This weekend, Robinson is intent on proving that he deserves the lofty accolades that have come his way while participating in The Opening in Beaverton, Oregon. In day one of action, Robinson did just that, turning in a terrific SPARQ score and dominating in 1-on-1 drills.
"I'm just trying to show them that I can compete with anybody out here. I can play harder than anybody out here," Robinson said.
Robinson checked in at 6-5 and 305 pounds at the event, which is a little heavier than he's used to being. But, he said, he's added good weight this summer while still improving his footwork.
"I'll get down to 300 or 290 sometimes," Robinson said. "But it's good. I've turned it into muscle so I feel good with the weight. I've been working out with my team, doing 7-on-7, basketball, everything I can to work on my footwork and my hands."
On the recruiting front, Robinson known to keep things close to the vest and he rarely does interviews. He admits that the media aspect is one of his least favorite aspects of the entire recruiting process. Earlier this summer, there were rumblings that Robinson might be considering a USC visit despite his commitment to Texas, but Robinson went on the record this week for the first time and crushed any concerns Longhorn fans may have.
"I haven't talked to anybody about going to a camp. I'm still good with Texas. It's still 100 percent," he said.
Robinson keeps in contact with UT defensive tackles coach Bo Davis weekly, and the two have built up a strong relationship. The relationships with Davis, area recruiter Darrell Wyatt and head coach Mack Brown are a big part of the reason Robinson chose the Longhorns.
"The coaching staff, the players, the overall atmosphere," Robinson said when asked what led him to give UT an early commitment. "I talk to coach Bo about once a week. Our relationship is good. He's a good coach. He's a hard-working coach. He believes I can do whatever I want if I put my mind to it."
Robinson lists his hands and his power as strengths. His footwork is better than most people give him credit for, he said, but that's an area in which he continues to work to improve.
Alabama, Florida State and USC are among the schools that still try to recruit the versatile two-way player, but Robinson said he's sticking with his original decision.
"I still get other schools trying to recruit me. They facebook me. I message them back but I'm with Texas," Robinson said.
Robinson's SPARQ score of 103.02 registered in the 99th percentile of all athletes tested in the 2012 class. He recorded a 5.13 40-yard dash, a 28.4 inch vertical, a 4.62 shuttle and 40.5 feet on the powerball throw.