Don’t let the nickname Phattman fool you.
Yeah, Rummel left tackle Larry Robinson might have been too big to meet the requirements to play park ball growing up.
And yes, at 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, he’s still huge now.
But the Rummel senior is also agile, to the point that he said he plans to run the 100 meters in track in the spring. He’ll also shot put.
But it’s on the offensive line where Robinson thrives.
He committed to Southern Mississippi on Tuesday morning.
“It felt like home, and it was heartwarming from Day 1,” Robinson said.
The Golden Eagles first offered Robinson after his junior season, his first year as a Raiders starter.
He also had an offer from McNeese State and had drawn interest from Kansas State and Tulane.
“He is athletic, has long arms and is just a fine athlete, especially for an offensive lineman,” Rummel coach Jay Roth said. “He moves really well. He has size, but he looks skinny. He has protected (quarterback) Chase (Fourcade’s) blind side for the last year.”
Robinson helped pave the way for a Rummel offense that averaged 5.7 yards per carry last season. The Raiders finished 11-1, winning the Catholic title and reaching the semifinals of the Division I playoffs. Robinson was on Rummel’s state championship team as a sophomore.
“My goal this season is to win district and another state championship,” Robinson said. “We want to keep up our good record going.”
It will be Robinson’s sixth season playing football. He began as a sixth grader since he exceeded the weight limit in park ball.
But he said his size is what helped with his agility.
“I was fat, so I tried to always keep up with the skinny dudes,” Robinson said. “I tried to stay up with them.”
Robinson is the third senior on Rummel’s team to make a commitment. He joins defensive lineman Briston Guidry, who committed to Arkansas in April and Fourcade, who committed to Nicholls State on Monday. Cornerback Kristian Fulton, considered one of the nation’s top cornerbacks, has yet to make a commitment.
“I think we can be a real good team this year because we have a lot of talent in this senior class,” Robinson said.