"Nothing's Changed" for Robinson

Jovon Robinson says he remains firm in his commitment to Auburn following Gus Malzahn's upcoming departure after the Chick-fil-A, but Robinson is thinking about taking official visits to three other schools.

Memphis, Tenn. – Auburn running back commitment Jovon Robinson from Wooddale High School found out from running backs coach Curtis Luper on Tuesday that offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn would be leaving to take the head coaching job at Arkansas State.

"I talked to my coach about it, but there's nothing really to be said," Robinson said. "Really nothing's changed. Coaching changes are being made daily. He (Luper) said that we've still got a program to represent. It really didn't faze me that much.

"It won't affect anything really," Robinson added of his commitment.

One of the reasons Robinson committed to Auburn was because of Malzahn's offense, but he said the two weren't that close on a personal level.

"It wasn't that close of a relationship," Robinson explained. "We talked on different occasions, but it wasn't a close relationship. I'm closest with Coach Luper and Coach Chizik (head coach Gene Chizik). I talk on and off with Luper, but I talk to Chizik a lot."

Robinson added that he believes Chizik won't have a problem replacing Malzahn.

"I really do think they'll make a good hire, and I hope so," he said. "If we do it'll be the same type of system. Us getting a new OC, hopefully he'll be better than the old one we had."

Robinson, who committed to Auburn on July 16, said that he is still being recruited by Ole Miss, Memphis and Arkansas.

"I plan on taking some visits to those schools," he said. "I plan on lining them up soon."

However, he said of his commitment to Auburn, "I'm pretty firm right now, and I think everybody knows that. I just like the continuity of the team and the coaching staff, and how they went about structuring the program. Auburn has a real good campus. That's what really solidified my decision."

Robinson, who last visited Auburn for Big Cat Weekend during the summer, is still working on lining up his official to Auburn.

"It'll be the second week of January or close to February, something like that," he explained.

All-Star games are getting in the way of taking official visits for Robinson. He's already played in one and has two more to go.

"I just recently played in the Memphis All-Star game, and I've got the Offense/Defense Game coming up in Dallas in the Dallas Cowboys stadium," he said. "Then I'm playing in the Army Game in January. The game coming up next week is going to be more of a practice run for the Army All-American Game really."

Robinson injured his ankle late in his senior season at Wooddale, but was full strength for the Memphis All-Star game played last Saturday.

"I was one of the MVPs of the game," he said. "I scored two touchdowns. That was really nice. Me, the running back for the other team and a couple of our defensive players were the recipient of that award."

Of his senior season at Wooddale, Robinson said, "I feel like we played pretty good. We had a lot of young players on our team, and that determined our fate. We had a new head coach, and that was kind of hard for us getting the new plays he was trying to call. We went 5-5. I really didn't end my senior year like I wanted to.

"I think I had 1,200 yards and 13 or 14 TDs," he added.

Currently checking in at 6-1, 215, Robinson plans on running track this spring.

"Maybe just the 100-yard dash," he said. "I haven't really competed, but I ran it one time and I got about a 10.8 or something like that. I've never run track so it's going to be a good experience for me."

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