Class of 2017 big man Mitchell Robinson has committed to Texas A&M, according to reports.
BREAKING: 2017 center Mitchell Robinson (Landry Walker HS) has committed to Texas A & M, his mother told @CBSSports. Top-40 player in class.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 3, 2015
Robinson is 6-foot-10, 200 pounds and plays center for Landry-Walker High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to the ESPN60, he’s the 39th overall recruit in the 2017 class. ESPN also ranks him as the No. 9 player at his position, and the top overall hoops recruit from Louisiana.
The industry generated 247Sports Composite is a bit higher on Robinson, ranking him as the No. 4 2017 center in the nation. Either way, he’s a consensus 4-star, and he’s the first player to commit to the Aggies’ 2017 basketball recruiting class.
To say that he’s a big commitment for Billy Kennedy and his program would be an understatement. In recruiting, it’s often times not how you start but rather how you finish. Still, there’s something to be said with starting a class strong because it ends up setting the tone for a coaching staff.
Talent breeds talent, so Texas A&M’s 2017 class could end up looking a bit better now to interested recruits, knowing that they’ll have a chance to play with potentially one of the better incoming 2017 big men in the country.
Of course, that’s assuming Robinson’s transition from high school to college is a smooth one, and that’s not always the case. There’s also the fact that he’s still just a junior in high school to consider. Anything can happen, and that includes other schools coming to the table with offers. That’s not to say or even predict that the Aggies won’t be able to hang on to their newly committed star recruit, but half the battle in recruiting is actually landing a commitment.
The other half is keeping the commitment.
Still, it’s well worth noting that the Aggies are off to a very good start on the 2017 basketball recruiting trail, and with a 2016 class that features commitments from 4-star point guard J.J. Caldwell and 4-star power forward Robert Williams—things look to be trending in a positive direction for Texas A&M.