AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn's newest commit is an old one.
Record-setting junior college running back Jovon Robinson pledged to the Tigers on Thursday, giving the team 14 commits for its 2015 class. The news was first reported by AuburnSports.com. He also held offers from Alabama, Georgia, Florida State and Southern Cal, along with many others.
And Robinson isn't unfamiliar with Auburn, either. He originally signed with the Tigers in 2012 and went through the first week of fall camp that season. He was ruled academically ineligible, however, after it was found that a guidance counselor at his high school in Memphis, Tennessee — Wooddale High — had altered grades on his transcript. He left Auburn and sat out the rest of that fall before enrolling at Georgia Military College in the spring of 2013.
That decision paid off last year, as he set a junior college single-season record for rushing yards (2,387) along with scoring 34 touchdowns, earning him the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year award.
Robinson cited the relationship he had already developed with Auburn coach Gus Malzahn during his previous time on the Plains as well as the new ones he had struck up with offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and running backs coach Tim Horton as one of the key factors in his commitment. According to AuburnSports.com, Robinson is on track to graduate in December and enroll at Auburn in January.
With Robinson now in the fold, Auburn's backfield of the future appears set.
By the time Robinson arrives, he'll join Peyton Barber (who will be a third-year sophomore) as well as another five-star prospect in Racean Thomas, who will enroll this fall. Then throw in Kerryon Johnson, a fellow Class of 2015 running back who committed to Auburn last month.
The Tigers 2015 class is ranked third by all three of the major recruiting services: Rivals, Scout and 247Sports.