Robinson On Auburn: "Feels Like Home Again"

Five-star running back and Auburn commitment Jovon Robinson tells Inside the Auburn Tigers about his visit for Big Cat Weekend, what he likes about the coaching staff and more.

Milledgeville, Ga.--There was a large group of talented players on hand for Auburn's Big Cat Weekend, but you probably couldn't find any player who was more appreciative of the opportunity than five-star running back commitment Jovon Robinson.

Signing with Auburn in 2012 out of Wooddale High in Memphis, Robinson actually made it to campus and practiced with the Tigers before being ruled ineligible by Auburn. After sitting out that season he got a new start in junior college playing at Georgia Military College where the powerful back put up huge numbers as a freshman to once again find himself on the recruiting radar.

Getting offers from all over the country, Robinson visited Auburn twice in the spring before deciding the Tigers were still the team and program for him. Back on the Plains to take part in the fun and games over the weekend, he said for him Big Cat Weekend was about taking it all in and having fun now that his decision is out of the way.

"It was the same deal, just different day for me," Robinson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I know so many people over there so I'm just getting in where I fit in. I have to make the best of it. It was Big Cat Weekend and a lot of prospects came down from different places.

"It is a ton off my shoulders," he added of his commitment. "I don't have to evaluate each and every program. I have one that is on my side basically. I can just go from there. It makes the situation a lot clearer knowing you have a home and a commitment as well. It makes things a lot easier."

At ease and enjoying his weekend back in Auburn, Robinson said everything just felt right for him now that he's once again a Tiger.

"It feels like home again," Robinson said. "For me coming back while I'm committed, it's kind of surreal. I'm just blessed and happy and really speechless. I'm really just as happy as any one of the guys that were in for Big Cat Weekend."

One of the keys for Robinson's decision was his budding relationship with Auburn's coaching staff. Already very familiar with Gus Malzahn, the 6-0, 220-pounder said that the more he got to know Rhett Lashlee, the offensive coordinator, and running backs coach Tim Horton, the more he believed in them and what Auburn was doing with the program.

"I really can't say enough about them," Robinson said. "Tim Horton just does what he does on the offensive side of the ball. Coach Lashlee is the play caller. It just falls hand-in-hand. Those are two good guys that have been together for the last year and a half and have done this program good. There is only more good that can come out of it."

The opportunity for good times on the Plains won't be long now for Robinson. Expected to enroll in January following his sophomore year at Georgia Military, he will challenge for playing time right away when he gets on campus. That will put him one step closer to his dream of playing in orange and blue for the Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium, something he has been waiting to make a reality since he first committed to Auburn on July 16, 2011.

"I have pictured it countless times," Robinson said. "I can't say enough how many times I have pictured playing in that stadium.

"I have a lot of people looking forward to seeing me play on Saturdays," he added. "I'm just a person trying to carry out his duties that were written from the Man above. I'm trying to keep my faith and hopefully I don't go through anything else that puts me on a different road. I want to stay on path and keep God first."

Last season Robinson helped Georgia Military to an undefeated regular season and to the JUCO national championship game as a freshman running back, earning 2013 Spalding NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year honors and was named first-team NJCAA All-America in the process. Robinson broke a pair of NJCAA records in the fall, rushing for 2,387 yards and scoring 34 touchdowns on the ground.


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