Jovon Robinson talks Iron Bowl

Jovon Robinson, from Memphis' Wooddale High School in Tenn., was one of the 101,821 in attendance for the 2010 edition of the Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa. The junior running back has already been offered by the University of Alabama and wanted to see what the big state rivalry game was all about.


"The atmosphere was electric," Jovon Robinson said. "The players played with so much enthusiasm the entire game. It was exciting to watch. We had a good time."

Robinson holds four scholarship offers at this time. Hometown Memphis, Ole Miss, Louisville, and Alabama all have extended early offers.

"This time I didn't really talk to any of the coaches," Robinson stated. "I shook Coach Saban's hand, but that was about it. I was there with another recruit, Carl Mitchell, my teammate at Wooddale. We both enjoyed the visit."

Robinson, 6-0, 215, has gained close to 4,000 yards the past two seasons at Wooddale. He was a shade less than 1,700 rushing yards with 26 touchdowns as a sophomore. This season Robinson was even better with over 2,200 yards and 36 touchdowns for the 8-4 Wooddale Cardinals.

"I feel like I've made tremendous improvement from where I was a year ago," Robinson said. "It's all been about my attitude. I have a better focus and understanding of the game. I've been more explosive hitting the holes or having to improvise and change direction."

Robinson projects as one of the most sought after players in the state of Tennessee, and he'll have just one goal in mind.

"Win state," said Robinson emphatically. "That's my only goal for next year."

Still a long way from making a decision, Robinson has some ideas of what he wants to see in selecting a university.

"Location is important to me," said Robinson. "I want to be in a big city, preferably the size of Memphis. Having a good relationship with the coaches and academics are also important. And I'd like to go somewhere with an opportunity for early playing time."

Some scouts think Robinson may have a future at defensive back where he has shined at 7-on-7's during the summer. Wooddale has no plans to move him from running back anytime soon. In the first round of the playoffs against Arlington, Robinson rushed for 243 yards with three touchdowns.

Robinson wears No. 2 for the Cardinals. He also plays on their basketball team. He hopes to study nutrition or physical therapy in college.

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