Jovon Robinson is no stranger to Auburn and Alabama. It’s one of those deja vu moments.
Robinson is rated the No. 1 overall junior prospect in the nation by 247Sports.com’s composite ranking. Last year, he rushed for a junior college record 2,387 yards and 34 touchdowns and led Georgia Military College to an 11-1 record a national runner up finish. His statistics are staggering for the junior college level.
The Memphis (Tenn.) native announced a top five on Thursday that included Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida State and Tennessee, with the Crimson Tide considered a solid leader–that is until Auburn offered him today. Alabama and Auburn both offered him out of high school, too.
Robinson signed with Auburn out of high school, enrolling in 2012. But he was ruled academically ineligible that first summer after it was found that some of his grades were changed in high school. That forced him to go the junior college route. Obviously, the Tigers went on to a 3-9 season and a coaching change–creating sort of a “new start” for everybody involved. Keep in mind, Robinson has come out publicly and said he would like to play against his former team, Auburn. Apparently a high school guidance counselor helped clear up some grade issues for Robinson, possibly influenced by Auburn assistant coaches Curtis Looper and Trooper Taylor–who were suspended during that probe.
But, things can change, especially with a new group of coaches. Robinson told 247Sports.com that he really likes Auburn’s staff. On the flip side, Alabama lost two good, young running backs to transfers when Alvin Kamara and Dee Hart left earlier this year, creating a void that Robinson could help fill.
Keep an eye on this battle, it could be interesting.