Published August 18, 2012 - 9:38am
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Auburn freshman running back Jovon Robinson has been ruled ineligible after learning one of his high school grades had been changed.
He was ruled ineligible Friday afternoon, and his immediate plans are unclear at this time.
Robinson’s high school guidance counselor admitted to the grade change and resigned immediately thereafter.
The NCAA has not implicated Auburn. Memphis City Schools initially investigated the grade change.
Without Robinson, Auburn has four running backs on the roster in Onterio McCalebb, Tre Mason, Corey Grant and Mike Blakely. Depth is a slight concern.
Robinson looked like he had a bright future for the Tigers, as he was already 6-1, 220 pounds, and the biggest back on the roster.
With McCalebb and Mason as burners, Auburn needs Blakely and Grant, who are both over 200 pounds, to step up and pick up tough yards between the tackles.
Auburn recently had one of its top recruits in Dee Liner suspended indefinitely from his high school team, and top linebacker commit Reuben Foster was investigated by the AHSAA. Foster was cleared by AHSAA to play, but Liner’s status for the future with his high school team is unknown at this time.
This is the second member of Auburn’s 2012 freshman class who they have lost. First, QB Zeke Pike was arrested and suspended. He is now at Louisville. Robinson becomes the second.