Thibodaux (La.) four-star offensive lineman Greg Robinson committed to Auburn on Friday afternoon.
The Rivals100 prospect had his choices narrowed down to LSU and Auburn. After much thought, Robinson decided it was time to pull the trigger for the SEC champion Tigers.
"I've been to LSU several times, I've been to Auburn several times, and I just feel in my heart Auburn is the place to be," Robinson told AuburnSports.com.
"Auburn came on an in home visit and LSU came on an in home visit, and when I went on my official visits I felt like I didn't really want to stay home because it's going to be hard knowing that I'm close to home and I might end up back at home. I'd rather go the distance knowing how far away I am from home and it will motivate me to do the best and impress my parents."
Robinson faced the incredibly tough decision of leaving home versus staying close to his family in Louisiana, but the opportunity of early playing time and playing for the defending conference champions created the perfect environment for Robinson on the Plains.
"I talked to my parents and they said it's going to be hard to let me go, but I've got to be my own man," Robinson said. "So I'm going in there, get it started knowing that there's a bunch of lineman that's leaving. I'm trying to go in there and compete with the best, and earn a spot.
"Any running backs, quarterbacks that have the desire to have a great line to block for them, I think they should get on the team, man."
Auburn receivers coach Trooper Taylor recruited Robinson to Auburn and played a significant role in Robinson's decision.
"He just showed me he's a family figure, a father figure in my life, so basically I trust him enough for the decision to make this happen," Robinson said. "I trust him and he said I could call on him. He's going to prepare me, along with coach Grimes, to prepare me to compete at the top level in the SEC."
Along with Taylor, current Auburn freshman receiver Trovon Reed, also from Thibodaux, was a central figure in Robinson's commitment to the Tigers. Reed and Robinson's friendship plans to remain strong at Auburn.
"Trovon is a brother figure to me and like I know his work ethic, I've been around him my whole high school career," Robinson said. "I grew up with him, and I know he's a great person. Basically I'm going to go ahead and go up there and give him comfort knowing that he's got somebody to lean on as long as I'm up there with him."
Robinson decided to go ahead and make his commitment to Auburn public, in hopes that his decision will help push Auburn's 2011 recruiting to another level.
"Basically I just want to put it out there that I'm committed so it'll build the momentum to Auburn," Robinson said. "I want to be surrounded by a great team also so maybe that I can win a championship next year. The more players that come, the better we're going to be."
Robinson said he is "100 percent" committed to Auburn.