Former Auburn signee Jovon Robinson dominates spring game
[dropcap]B[/dropcap]efore Saturday, Jovon Robinson hadn’t played in a football game since October 2011. But you wouldn’t know it from his performance.
Robinson, a prized running back recruit out of Wooddale High School in Memphis, Tenn., signed with Auburn in February 2012. He reported to campus last May, worked out with the team all summer and went through a week of fall practice before being declared academically ineligible.
He landed at Georgia Military College, a junior college in Milledgevile, Ga., where he wrapped up spring practice last week.
In Saturday’s spring game, the 6-foot-1, 227-pound Robinson didn’t need long to knock the rust off.
On his first carry, he took the handoff on a off-tackle power and raced 61 yards to the end zone.
Robinson’s next carry was a zone stretch from the 44-yard line. The result was the same — touchdown.
His final stat line: Five carries for 148 yards and two touchdowns.
GMC coaches didn’t need to see anything more, and there was no reason to risk an injury in a spring game.
“He’s just getting back into playing shape, but he’s done some great things already,” Bulldogs offensive coordinator Ross Robinson said. “He’s really bought into the offense and is learning the schemes. He’s worked extremely hard at not only being a great runner, but great in pass protection as well.
“He’s deceptively fast, because he’s so fluid and he has such a long gait that he doesn’t look like he’s moving as fast as he is. But you could see on his touchdown runs — he was moving.”
It may only have been a junior college spring game, but Robinson flashed the skills that made him one of the nation’s top prospects out of high school. He didn’t do it against scrubs, either. GMC expects to have as many as 11 prospects sign D-I scholarships in the 2013 class, including six on defense.
“We had 75 FBS schools come through here this spring,” the GMC offensive coordinator said. “Every one of them was asking about him.
“He’s got the potential to be one of the most highly-recruited guys we’ve had come through here. He’s a game-changer.”
Those coaches will have to wait a bit. Because the NCAA ruled him ineligible, Robinson has to graduate from GMC before moving on to a four-year program. That means he won’t sign until December 2014 at the earliest.
Though a lot can change between now and then, Robinson likes Alabama best, along with Georgia. He does not plan on returning to Auburn.
GMC is also home to Akeem Judd, a 4-star recruit by 247sports.com and the nation’s No. 1-ranked junior college running back.
The 6-foot, 215-pound Judd has speed to get to the edge, and an impressive list of scholarship offers to match. That list includes West Virginia, Arizona State, Texas Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, and Ole Miss, among others.
Ironically, the Durham, N.C. native got an offer from Auburn over the weekend, the school Robinson thought his college career would take off.
“Akeem is a special player in his own right,” Ross Robinson said. “He has the ability to go out in space and make some things happen. Jovon can do that too, but we really haven’t asked him to do that as much yet.”
Judd rushed 71 times for 463 yards (6.52 yards per carry) and five touchdowns as a freshman. He was held out of the spring game with an MCL sprain, but will be back in the fall to give the GMC backfield a powerful 1-2 punch.
“We are very, very fortunate to have those two guys in the backfield,” Ross Robinson said. “Getting them both the right touches at the right times will be significant challenge, but it’s a good problem to have.”
To read our exclusive one-on-one interview with Jovon Robinson from last month, click HERE.
Photo credit: Todd Van Emst / Auburn Media Relations