It's Alabama or LSU for nation's No. 1 OT
WEST MONROE, La. -- There's a hallway inside West Monroe High School where more than a dozen pictures hang, pictures of former West Monroe football players who have gone on to play at LSU. The list includes current NFL stars Bradie James and Andrew Whitworth, as well as Barkevious Mingo, the No. 6 pick in April's NFL draft.
But it's not the number of portraits hanging on the wall that's astonishing, it's that every one of them is wearing an LSU jersey. The school has always been a pipeline to LSU. Even the town itself, which is nearly four hours away from Baton Rouge, is chock full of Tigers fans.
Growing up, Cameron Robinson was one of them. The five-star offensive tackle, ranked No. 7 overall, had his walls painted purple and gold when he was young. He dreamed of one day playing for the in-state school, and when Les Miles offered him a scholarship, he admits that he was 90 percent LSU.
"Growing up, I was like, 'I'm going to play for LSU,' but a lot has changed when you have to start looking at it from a prospect's standpoint and not being a fan," Robinson said.
But it wasn't until after the 2012 BCS title game when Robinson genuinely started to consider playing for another school.
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Sooners look to land Opening prospects
July marks the third edition of The Opening, an all-star event featuring 150 of the best recruits in the country. And for the third year in a row, OU fans don't have a commit to keep tabs on.
Don't worry, though. If history has proved anything, the Sooners are going to end up with two signees from The Opening. And they're both coming from California.
So who could it be this year?
ESPN 300 running back Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) is a possibility. His love of former OU legend Adrian Peterson puts the Sooners in the running.
OU fans wouldnt mind the addition of Mixon, and they sure wouldnt mind if the Fresno Central East theme continued with ESPN 300 athlete Michiah Quick.
Quick, ranked No. 32 in the ESPN 300, was supposed to visit OU a month ago. The plan was for Fresno Central East defensive backs coach Tony Perry and Quick to make the trip for the Sooners' camp.
Less than 48 hours from the trip, Perry said it was postponed because Quick was taking the ACT. Quick has been able to make the rounds during the spring, but OU has been an elusive visit at this point. He said dont read too much into it.
I wasnt really that disappointed, Quick said. It would have been great to see the campus then, but I know I will either during the summer or during the season.
But OU is not the only school to not get a visit, as he said he still plans to see Alabama.
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Noles hope for good news at Opening
Florida State will be hoping its commitment list swells by one at The Opening in Oregon.
Safety prospect Trey Marshall (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) says he soon will be deciding between his two finalists.
"It's going to be between Ole Miss and FSU," he said.
"Because of the relationships that I have and just a good gut feeling."
Marshall, a three-star prospect with offers from Arkansas, FIU, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, USF, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and others, has a lot to prove. Good thing The Opening provides the opportunity to do that.
He'll be going against some of the nation's top athletes in front of a national television audience.
Marshall believes he deserves to be right up at the top, and he will try his best to prove it.
"The biggest thing is the competition," he said. "I just want to show people I can play with the best."
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