Position: Offensive Guard
Ht: 6’4″ Wt: 310 lbs
Hometown: McKinney, Texas
Ranking: 101st overall – 8th at his position (4-Star)
Tyrese Robinson committed to the Sooners just a couple days before National Signing Day 2016. His commitment lasted a full 368 days, without any additional visits to over schools. It wasn’t like the 8th rated offensive guard in the class didn’t have options; Robinson had offers from Texas, Auburn, Texas A&M, and Georgia. However, Bill Bedenbaugh and Lincoln Riley like what they saw in Robinson, offered, and closed the deal very early on.
It some cases with offensive lineman, you see guys that are tweeners. Guys that can play either center or guard, guard or tackle. With Robinson, you have a guy versatile enough to play each of the five positions along the offensive line. In fact, in talking about Robinson, Lincoln Riley brought this point up a couple times, stating it was a good problem to have. That said, Robinson will likely stay inside at one of the guard positions, unless a need arises.
Robinson is a rangy and flexible athlete for a guard. He doesn’t quite have the aggressiveness and nastiness of Marquis Hayes, but that isn’t to take away from his ability as a blocker. Robinson is more than capable of holding his own. Going back to his length, Robinson uses it to leverage rushers off balance and out of the play. The flexibility in his hips allows him to lower his center of gravity, more so than other guys at his position. This allows him to better absorb the initial “punch” by defensive tackles and rushing linebackers.
If you’ve been following the Spotlight Series, you’ve noticed a common theme with incoming prospects — they need a little bit of time to develop their bodies to play at the college level. Robinson is no different, however has a lot of athleticism to build off of. With the new technology going into the weight room and Jerry Schmidt’s rigorous weight training program, Robinson could be the next big name along the Sooners’ offensive line in this new era of Oklahoma Football.