Brian Robinson (Photo by Kirk McNair)

Tailback Brian Robinson joins Alabama in time to participate in spring practice

Brian Robinson looks forward to playing for his lifelong favorite Alabama

Brian Robinson grew up “about a two-minute jog” from Bryant-Denny Stadium, and when Alabama Coach Nick Saban told him he needed to take advantage of the opportunity to play in the Crimson Tide’s stadium Robinson considered it to be “no other option.
“You’ve got one life to live, one time to play, one time to go to college, and it was The University of Alabama for me,” he said.
The lifetime Alabama fan signed his scholarship papers Wednesday morning in a ceremony at Hillcrest High School, and in two weeks he’ll join his new team as a Spring Two Semester early enrollee and take part in Bama’s spring practice.
Robinson, a four-star running back ranked 16th in the nation at his position by Scout.com, is a 6-1, 215-pound running back who rushed 189 times for 1,155 yards (6.1 yards per carry) and 20 touchdowns as a senior. He also caught 33 passes for 345 yards and two touchdowns.
Robinson will be at a position where the competition will be stiff. Not only does the Tide return its top three tailbacks from last season — Bo Scarbrough, Damien Harris, and Josh Jacobs —, Robinson is joined in the signing class by the nation’s number one prospect, Najee Harris (who has already enrolled at Bama). Additionally, B.J.Emmons, who missed much of last year with an injury, will return to the competition.
The competition doesn’t bother Robinson. “Regardless of rankings, everyone wants to play, I know everyone is going to compete,” he said. “No matter where you go you are going to have competition. You are going to have to compete, so competition is no problem.”
Robinson’s head coach at Hillcrest, Sam Adams (Hillcrest’s nickname is the Patriots), is very high on his player.
“As a player, Brian has a much larger skill set than most high school running backs,most big time running backs,” Adams said. “He’s been asked to do it all here. He’s been asked to run the ball, he’s very talented at catching the ball out of the backfield both on screens and routes downfield, and he’s been asked to protect the passer which he does a good job of. A lot of top running backs have not been asked to block, but he’s done it here and done it well for three years here.”
Beyond his on-the-field accomplishments, Adams said Robinson “is a very high character person. He’s really lit up our building the last three years with his daily demeanor. He’s the same guy every day. He’s a very positive person. And he’s a guy that a lot of other guys on the team naturally gravitate to.
“That’s probably what we’re going to miss most out of Brian.”
Robinson, who has already been graduated from Hillcrest, will enter The University Feb. 13 in the early program made available. “It gives me the opportunity to take part in spring training and to get in the system and start learning the system, start learning the plays” he said. “By the time September comes, I’ll know the playbook.
“It’s going to be work. It isn’t going to be easy and I don’t expect it to be easy. I know there will be some days when you aren’t feeling good about practice, but it’s all about the process and you have to stick to it.”


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