Hard Work Paying Off For Robinson

Earnest Robinson talks about his plans to graduate early, getting ready for the 2012 season, Auburn coach Scot Loeffler and more in this football recruiting report.

Pinson, Ala.—The hard work that high school football players put in on the field shows up easily on Friday nights, but for Auburn wide receiver commitment Earnest Robinson the work he's most proud of is something most people will never see.

Struggling as a student early in his high school career, Robinson has put in extra time and lots of hard work the last two years at Pinson Valley and now stands on the verge of accomplishing a goal many thought impossible just a few years ago.

"I went to summer school to start my 12th grade year and I have already taken the ACT and did good on it," Robinson tells Inside The Auburn Tiger. "I have already taken all my graduation exams also. I just have to get my grades this year and make a 2.0 to be ready to go in December.

"I went to summer school in July," he adds. "I have put in a lot of work to get things done. I had a D in ninth grade I had to bring up. I brought up my English and math, too."

From not making good grades in the classroom to now working towards graduating early and enrolling at Auburn in January, Robinson has come light years in his development as a student athlete. Committing to the Tigers was one of the things Robinson has dreamed about since he was young, but he said getting his grades in order is something he's extremely excited about.

"I'm very proud," Robinson says. "I'm glad I got the ACT over with and also the graduation exam. Now I don't have to worry about them. I can just concentrate on my books and playing this fall and then I'll be out of there."

Before Robinson is done at Pinson Valley he and the Indians have unfinished business to take care of this fall. In 2011 they set a school record with nine wins and 441 points scored, but the season ended with a one-point loss to eventual state champion Hartselle in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs. With the Super Six at Jordan-Hare Stadium this year Robinson the goal is to play his first game in his new home this season.

"We have everybody back," Robinson says. "It's going to be a fun season. It will be my last time playing with my team. Nothing would be better than to play in Auburn's stadium. That would be very cool."

Something that Robinson is hoping will help his team get the job done this year is improved play by him as a senior. Even though he was a first-team all-state performer as a junior, Robinson said his time spent this summer at an Auburn camp working with Scot Loeffler should make him a better player this fall.

"It has been pretty busy with the camps and everything," Robinson points out. "I really enjoyed the Auburn camp and the camps in general. At Auburn I learned how the coaches can help me learn some new things and things I can use in my season.

"It was my first time working with him," he adds of Loeffler. "It showed me how he performs on the field. I just like his character and how he helps out teaching the plays when guys don't know them."

Pinson Valley opens the season Aug. 31 against Oneonta at home before opening region play the next week at Mortimer Jordan.

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