Nope, I know absolutely nothing about recruiting. The following is a complete shot in the dark:
Alabama has had the #1 ranked class in the country according to at least 1 of the major recruiting sites for the last 3 years.
With Cam Robinson(and possibly more) this will mark the 3rd straight year bama has gone into Louisiana and signed a 5 star recruit that Lsu wanted. Lsu has not gone into Alabama and done that in years, and will probably not again this year.
Cam Robinson is only the second recruit from west Monroe hs that Lsu has wanted and not gotten in over a decade. The other was Luther Davis. They both went to Alabama. But I'm sure that's ok with you, because Robinson isn't the consensus #1 player in the country. As you so astutely pointed out, even though he is the consensus #1 OT in the country, he's rated as low as the #3 overall player on some of the major sites. Lsu losing him is really not a big deal.
Hate to keep beating a dead horse here...but PERSPECTIVE man. LSU went into FLA and got PP the #1 there. They got Russel Shepard and Craig Loston from TX, they were number one at their positions in the country. Miles got Joe Barksdale from Detroit, the number one DT that year. He got Montgomery from the Carolina's and Minter from GA and Ridley from MS, and Kwon from AL. I'm sure there are a bunch more I am missing.
NOBODY is going into Bama right now and stealing a number one player from Saban! Not Notre Dame, not Ohio St., not USC, not Oregon....NOBODY! They aren't just cherry picking the top LA players, they are cherry picking the top talent from the entire country right now!
You know why? BECAUSE THEY CAN!
Yeah it sucks when they come in and pluck a couple of guys we would really like to have, but for the life of me I have trouble seeing how ANYONE else in the country could do any better than CLM has to this point. As they say out on the farm, "it's a tough row to hoe right now".