Small Corner Quickly Making A Big Impression

This is football prospect is one of several players Auburn is recruiting from one in-state high school.

Tuscaloosa, Ala--Living in the shadows of a group of talented teammates for much of the summer, cornerback Travis Robinson from Hillcrest High has been getting attention from colleges all over the South, but not much talk when people mention the top players in Alabama for next season.

All that is about to change following another impressive camp outing, this time in Auburn for the first of two senior camps on the Plains. Working against talented wide receivers from Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi, Robinson was one of the top performers in the secondary and didn't escape notice from the Auburn coaching staff. Particularly impressed was defensive coordinator Gene Chizik and cornerback Coach Phillip Lolley, who Robinson says talked to him following the two-day camp.

"I'm hearing from LSU, Vanderbilt, Clemson and Alabama have offered me," Robinson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Auburn said they were going to offer me, too, but they couldn't do it at the camp. That was my whole point of coming down here. I'm also hearing from Michigan and Notre Dame.

"I got acquainted with the coaches a lot," he adds. "They seemed like they are really interested in me. It's unbelievable right now."

Travis Robinson camped at Auburn this past weekend.

Despite growing up in Tuscaloosa, Robinson says that he wasn't like most of his friends. He didn't grow up dreaming of playing in Bryant-Denny Stadium, instead he dreamed of playing across the state for Alabama's biggest rival.

"It was definitely Auburn," Robinson notes of his favorite team growing up. "It has always been Auburn. It would be a dream come true to play for the team that I grew up loving. I'm going to come to every game and watch them play this year. It should be exciting."

Soon to be a three-year starter for the Patriots at corner, Robinson had an outstanding junior season with 43 tackles, five interceptions and a fumble return of 96 yards for a touchdown. At 5-10, 180 with very good quickness, Robinson has all the tools necessary to come into a college program and be an early contributor. A track star as well at Hillcrest, where he runs both the 100 and 200 meter dash, Robinson says that his best 40-yard dash time is well under 4.5, which makes him one of the fastest players in the state next season.

One of five possible Division I signees off his high school team for next season, Robinson is hoping his team takes the final step and win the state championship next season. With a strong running game led by Markus Manson and a defensive front keyed by his cousin JeBron Manson and Titus Brown at linebacker along with lineman Cody Davis, the Patriots are the clear favorites to take the hardware at Legion Field next fall.

"We have a lot of players coming back next year," Robinson says. "It's very exciting. We have a high ranking this year and we just have to come out and live up to it. We just have to beat everybody, but not get the big head about it. If we do that we'll come out strong this year."

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