4-Star Running Back Commits to Auburn

One of the top prospects in the Southeast, Jovon Robinson, has come on board with the defending national champs. Comments and game video highlights are featured in this report.

Auburn, Ala.--Four star running back Jovon Robinson committed to Auburn on Saturday while attending a one-day camp on the AU campus.

The 6-1, 218-pound rising senior is ranked as the No. 17 running back in the country by Scout.com. A powerful runner, he burst onto the scene as one of the top running backs in Tennessee as a sophomore at Wooddale High when he rushed for 1,675 yards and 26 touchdowns on 173 carries. As a junior he improved his rushing total to 2,196 yards and scored 36 touchdowns on 232 carries.

"I like the coaches at Auburn and I like the facilities," he told Inside the Auburn Tigers in explaining why he chose the Tigers.

The camp trip was his second visit to Auburn. He attended the Big Cat Weekend this past spring.

"It dawned on me how me and T.J. Yeldon were going to be sharing the load also with all of the current running backs at Auburn. It is just exciting." Yeldon is Auburn's other running back commitment for the 2012 signee class.

"Coach (offensive coordinator Gus) Malzahn knows what he wants to do with the offense and what he wants to do with the players, the weapons he is going to have," Robinson added. "It is very exciting for me to be there."

The running back said it was "a tremendous impact on his decision" that Auburn plays a variety of backs in its offensive system. "I know for a fact I am going to produce with the amount of carries they are going to distribute to me," he said.

"I know for a fact my teammates are going to perform at a high level," he said. "It really takes the stress off me as well as me taking the stress off them."

Asked what it was about Auburn that put the Tigers on top, he said, "Auburn is a very comfortable place for me. The players are very easy to get along with and the coaches are easy to get along with. It is just a family environment. That is what made me make my decision."

Jovon Robinson

Robinson said he chose Auburn over Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi State, Memphis and Miami.

Asked about playing in the SEC, he said, "Every night when I think about it, electricity just goes through my body. I know the fans are going to be in it, ESPN is going to be in it. It is going to be up to me to perform. I will be doing that."

Robinson said the fact that Auburn already has highly-recruited from players committed for 2012 like five-star quarterback Zeke Pike is a plus.

"The first thing I thought was the school and how it would benefit me, and then I thought about those guys," he said. "I think it is a good decision and it is going to benefit me. You know that Auburn is basically Running Back U. If you have good running backs, you have to have a good quarterback. We are going to complement Zeke as he complements us. It is going to be fun to watch."

Robinson is Auburn's 11th public verbal commitment for the 2012 class:

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