All throughout the recruiting process, four-star guard Alex Robinson stressed that the potential to earn playing time and coaches being able to back up what they said would be important. Tuesday, he found the place that met his thresholds.
Two days after returning home from a trip to College Station, the nation's No. 58 player has committed to Billy Kennedy and Texas A&M.
The point guard from Arlington (Texas) Timberview certainly had a good relationship with Kennedy and his staff, but being able to back up what they told him was equally if not more important.
"Everybody talks about relationshps with coaches and that's great and when they are reruiting somebody they have great relationships," Robinson told Rivals.com. "I have a great relationship with coach Kennedy. But when I started looking at factual things they backed it up. They are one of the top pick and roll programs for the SEC and they are losing their starting point guard."
Also important to the floor general who specializes in making plays off the dribble was how he felt with his future teammates. The Aggies graded out highly in that regard as well and reminded him of the great experience he had with his summer team the Texas Titans.
"My big thing was the campus and the way the players lived and interacted with each other," said Robinson. "They are probably the coolest group of kids I've been around since I've been with the Titans and they were really cool."
During the summer Robinson was a priority target for Kennedy and his staff and the work paid off. His phone will slow down some, but Robinson is looking forward to focusing on his future.
"My phone is not going to have so many notifications anymore," said Robinson. "One of the big things I'm focused on now is knowing that I'm going into a situation that if I earn it I'm going to be relied on heavily so I want to prepare myself for that."
Finally, another area that A&M helped themselves was by showing proof of how they would help him improve in the weight room.
"They have a good strength coach and one of my things is getting stronger and increasing my vertical and stuff like that," said Robinson. "Everybody gets stronger in college but I'm a factual guy and none of the other schools had facts about where their players got better. But Texas A&M could show me that.
"Now I'm just focused on getting better and finding ways to succeed most in my freshman year."
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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