Recruitment can be chaotic, with players “committing” then decommitting later. Nowhere is this chaos more evident than what just happened in Ruston.
Three star defensive back Amik Roberston (Thibodaux) originally committed to Louisiana Tech over the summer, but then decommitted in December. Offers came in from places like Houston, Kansas State, and Texas. But Bulldog country’s collective hearts probably sank when the offer came from LSU.
Being that he is a Louisiana player, fending off out of state offers is one thing. But when the in-state SEC school comes calling, that’s a whole different story (especially when his high school basically wears LSU’s uniforms).
In all, Robertson had offers from five other Louisiana schools (Tulane, ULL, ULM, Nichols State, and LSU), two other C-USA schools (UTSA and Southern Miss), and six power 5 schools (Arizona, Purdue, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas, and LSU). But the biggest concern was LSU, and it almost felt inevitable that he would continue being a Tiger. That is, until Monday.
Amik Robertson’s re-committment comes as a late Christmas present for Louisiana Tech, who needs to fix the defensive struggles of 2016. Robertson could likely see playing time immediately, perhaps at nickel back. Defensive back was one of my three positions that Louisiana Tech needed to get right, and Robertson headlines a class with five of them, both high school and JUCO.
Robertson is listed by Rivals as the 17th best overall recruit in Louisiana and the 11th best defensive recruit. He is listed at 5’9” and 172 lbs.
Stealing a recruit back from the Pillaging 5 is a victory in and of itself, but the real trophy is getting him back from the claws of LSU.
The best part? Louisiana Tech plays LSU in 2018, which will be Robertson’s sophomore year.