Stop us if you've heard this before: Auburn is recruiting running back Jovon Robinson. Robinson, the former Tigers running back who is now a five-star JUCO prospect in the Class of 2015, spoke with coaches Wednesday and will visit the Plains next weekend, according to Auburn Undercover's Bryan Matthews.
Robinson signed with Auburn as a member of the Class of 2012, and he made it through roughly two weeks of fall practice. But he found himself at the center of a high school grade-changing scandal and was ruled ineligible by the NCAA. He eventually transferred to Georgia Military College, where put up gaudy numbers in 2013: 2,387 yards, 34 touchdowns and 8.8 yards per carry. The running back told Matthews he harbors no ill will toward Auburn.
"It's still the same for me. You can assume that Auburn really was the best fit for me," he said. "I'm still the same person. I've been the same player since high school. It's more being consistent for me, not trying to prove anything. It would be nice to say, ‘I got a chip,' but I've been the same person since I was eight years old. I'm just trying to get better and better."
Robinson was a four-star prospect in 2012, but now that he's bulked up some and brings JUCO experience, SB Nation national recruiting analyst Bud Elliott says he may be the best running back in the Class of '15.
Robinson offers a fantastic blend of size and speed. On the first play, he quickly gets around the offensive line, then makes a speed cut and puts distance between himself and the defender, all while carrying 220 pounds. On the second play (00:17), he shows excellent lateral agility and balance to cut off two defenders, and then runs through two arm tackles for an additional 10 yards. On the third play (0:18), he showcases excellent burst and vision, hitting the cutback for a nice gain. On other plays, he throws nice stiff-arms, catches the football and runs defenders over. I like Robinson's ability to run low, behind his pads, and keep his balance as well.
Whichever school is lucky enough to sign Robinson might get only him for one year before he is off to the NFL. Robinson is scheduled to graduate in December and enroll for spring practice.
Robinson has listed five favorites in no particular order: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.