November 29, 2010
Four-star safety visits UA
With some of the nation's top defensive back prospects already committed to the Crimson Tide for 2011, Alabama is looking to seal up one of the nation's best secondary classes and one of the top remaining targets for the Tide was in Tuscaloosa for the Iron Bowl. Four star safety Robenson Therezie took in the Tide's clash with top-ranked Auburn and despite the Tide's loss, Therezie came away with plenty of positive things to say about the visit.
"Robensen has not stopped talking about the trip since he got back," said Miami (FL) Jackson head coach Nigel Dunn. "He really enjoyed the game and the trip as a whole. He was excited about seeing both teams play in person, since they are both in his top five, but getting to see them go head to head was really exciting for him."
"He was texting me all throughout the game and said it was one of the craziest atmospheres he's ever seen. He said nobody was sitting down. I think he enjoyed the game but he was really a lot more focused on the fanbase and the atmosphere more so than just what was happening on the field. He was there to learn about Alabama as a program and he knows that there's a lot more to a program than how they play in one game."
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound star has taken particular interest in the Crimson Tide in part because of the prospect of working one on one with Nick Saban during as a defensive back.
"Alabama is recruiting him as a defensive back and obviously if you know anything about Coach Saban, you know that even back at LSU and Michigan State, he always has his fingerprints on the defense. He gets personally involved with the DBs and I think that's a big deal to Robenson. Alabama has one of the best defenses in the country and most of the guys playing for them on that side of the ball this year are pretty young. I think Robenson sees a lot of potential to come in and compete for a spot on the field right away at Alabama."
While Therezie has no immediate plans to announce a final decision, Dunn said he believes Therezie's decision won't be based on emotion but rather will come down to which school presents the best opportunity for future Therezie's own personal success.
"The in-state schools are always going to have a natural draw for any kid but I think there are things Robenson really likes about Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee right now too. For him, this is the opportunity of a lifetime and I've told him there's no need to rush a decision. He has until February and he should let anybody force him into anything or get caught up in the moment to make a commitment that he might change his mind about later. He's dealing with some of the top programs in the nation and no matter where he goes, he'll be in good hands. My advice to him was evaluate each school based on what's best for you. If there's a time to be a little selfish, this is it."
Therezie is rated the No. 18 safety prospect in the nation by Rivals.com.
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