Nation’s No. 1 JUCO player Robinson is back on board with Auburn


Jovon Robinson has taken the long way back to Auburn, but he’ll be a Tiger in 2015.

Robinson, the No. 1 rated junior college prospect in America, is currently at Georgia Military College, announced Thursday that he’ll sign with Auburn and be on campus for spring drills in 2015. He is a 5-foot-11, 225-pound record-breaking running back out of Memphis (Tenn.) originally. The only other program that had a serious shot at Robinson was Alabama–and at one point in the past he’d said he might like to try to play against Auburn.

“It’s great knowing that so much talent is in our class,” fellow Auburn 2015 commitment Marquel Harrell told Saturday Down South, after learning about the decision. “It’s amazing. Really a championship built team before we get on campus.”

Quarterback commitment Tyler Queen agreed.

“Huge get,” Queen texted to Saturday Down South. “Him and Kerryon (Johnson) in the same backfield is a scary sight.”

Robinson rushed for a JUCO single-season record 2,387 yards and 34 touchdowns for Georgia Military College, and had all the top SEC powers salivating.

His actions the past few weeks back up his decision. He was on Auburn’s campus a few weeks ago, and Auburn assistant coach Rhett Lashlee swung by campus to see him in late April.

He committed and signed with the Tigers in 2012 and actually practiced with the Tigers but had to go the JUCO route to get things squared away academically and he has re-emerged as the nation’s top rusher at the junior college level in 2013. Robinson was quoted before saying he wouldn’t necessarily mind going to Alabama and playing against Auburn. Apparently a high school guidance counselor helped clear up some grade issues for Robinson, possibly influenced by former members of the Auburn coaching staff.

But he’s back with his original school.

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the composite rankings for high school prospects.


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  • Rather than help “clear up a couple of grade issues” … apparently the guidance counselor forged a transcript based on a request by an Auburn coach. The forgery came to light when Auburn submitted the forgery to the NCAA eligibility board and it didn’t match the transcript that was given to other schools. And who was the offensive coordinator during Auburn’s recruitment of Robinson? … Yep, Gus Malzahn.

    • You can sling mud all you want. “…possibly influenced by former members of the Auburn coaching staff.” Last I checked, Gus is not a former coach… Looking at you Trooper Taylor.

  • Auburn is stockpiling running backs, much like Alabama. Jovon Robinson is an incredible back.