Tennessee football received another offensive line commitment Thursday. Montgomery, Ala. 2020 lineman James Robinson selected the Volunteers.
Not content with securing a historically great offensive line in his 2019 recruiting class, Jeremy Pruitt has continued to focus on beefing up that unit for 2020. He took a major step forward there Thursday as Tennessee football got another major commitment.
James Robinson out of Carver High School in Montgomery, Ala. announced his commitment to the Vols. He joins four-star Cooper Mays, three-star Javontez Spraggins and two-star Will Albright as 2020 offensive line commitments to Rocky Top.
A three-star on Rivals, Robinson had clearly been leaning toward UT for a while. The Vols were the longtime favorites to land him, so this isn’t too much of a surprise. He announced his commitment to Rocky Top by posting a video on Twitter.
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As Tennessee football’s 13th commitment, even as a three-star, Robinson could be a solid boost for a recruiting class that was ranked No. 33 in the nation on Rivals entering the day. After all, he already brings great size at 6’4″ 330 pounds.
Robinson is the first commitment for the Vols out of the state of Alabama for this year, but that’s a state where Pruitt should do well given his connections there, even if Nick Saban is still coaching the Crimson Tide. So getting Robinson was a solid step to that for the next recruiting class.
Despite his rating, Robinson was getting offers from all over the country and in particular elite schools in the South. So it was a big deal for the Vols to be able to land him. Here’s a look at his highlight reel.
As you can see, Robinson has great lateral speed to be able to block on stretch running plays, draws, screens and spreads. He also clearly has the strength to be able to knock guys over, which is always a big deal.
On top of that, Robinson did it against Alabama high school competition, which is certainly worthy of praise. As a result, Tennessee football clearly got a very solid pickup, and the Vols should definitely be able to find use for him.