Robinson Talks Auburn Visit, Future On Plains

Jovon Robinson talks about his official visit to Auburn, offensive coordinators, his role and much more.

Memphis, Tenn.—With Michael Dyer leaving school and needing a running back to fill the void the Auburn Tigers are in good shape with the talented Jovon Robinson already verbally committed to Gene Chizik's program.

A 6-1, 215-pounder with good speed and power, Robinson is rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com and will have a chance at early playing time in 2012.

Over the weekend Robinson was one of nine official visitors on campus to meet with the coaches and hang out with the Auburn players. Taking it all in Robinson said everything went well for him on his trip and he especially liked hanging out with future teammates such as Jaquay Williams, Josh Holsey, Cassanova McKinzey and others.

"The first day I got there we were eating some dinner and just talking about what we wanted to discuss," Robinson said. "From the first day I knew it was going to be pretty exciting down there and it was.

"It was pretty cool," he added about the weekend. "It really gave me the opportunity to see who all was going to be coming in with me and get a feel for them. Guys are coming from different high schools and different programs and they are different people. It gave me a chance to talk to a couple of other guys. I believe we're going to be able to have good continuity with each other."

While the defensive guys had the chance to sit down and talk with new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, offensively the team and commitments are still waiting to see who Chizik hires to guide them in 2012. It could be a concern to some prospects not knowing who the coach is going to be, but Robinson said not for him.

"It's really not one of my main concerns," Robinson said. "I know for a fact we're going to get one of the best if not the best offensive coordinator in the land. I have faith in our coaching staff that they are going to get the right person for the job."

For a long time it looked as though Auburn would be adding two backs in this year's recruiting class, but when T.J. Yeldon decided to head elsewhere it left Robinson as the lone ranger for the class. Not expected to add another running back this year Robinson said for him it's a matter of raising the bar as far as his expectations go.

"It's pretty exciting," Robinson said. "I actually smile about it every day. I know when I come in I'm going to have to get the job done through thick or thin. I love the pressure. I love that I'm the only back coming in for this class. That helps me out tremendously with my playing time. Hopefully I can get the offense down quick enough and be playing in the first game."

Focusing on improving his speed and quickness, Robinson said he's currently right where he wants to be in terms of size heading into his first season at Auburn next summer. With schools still continuing to recruit him and trying to get him to visit Robinson said it's something he's considering, but he added that he's solidly committed to being a Tiger.

"I'm pretty solid, but I have thought about taking some other visits," Robinson said. "I'm solid, but I'll probably take visits to two other schools. No doubt though, I'm committed to Auburn."

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Robinson hit it off with McKinzey recently when the two were both on hand for the Offense-Defense All-American Game in Dallas, Tex. Getting to hang out with each other for much of the week the two built a friendship that will carry over into their careers at Auburn. Over the weekend they got to hang out once again and Robinson said they are getting even closer as teammates and are looking forward to helping build good things with the Tigers down the road.

"Cassanova is a pretty good dude," Robinson said. "He's a down to earth guy. We had met on a previous occasion at the All-Star Game. We hit it off pretty well. It was pretty smooth and we were down there the whole week. I got to hang out with him and talk to him and get to know what kind of guy he was.

"When I went to Auburn this weekend it was the same deal. We talked about what we have planned on doing and how we're going to go about doing it. We have big plans for this Auburn program and are planning on having a lot of fun doing it. It's going to be exciting."


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