June 28, 2010

2012 back earns Tide offer

The Class of 2012 is shaping up to be a strong one in the recruiting hotbed of Memphis and one of the cities fastest-rising prospects is running back Jovon Robinson. The 6-foot, 220-pound playmaker battered his way through the competition last season and was one of the top performers at the BadgerSports 7-on-7 tournament in Tuscaloosa this spring. It was likely Robinson's impressive performance in that tournament that earned him his first scholarship offer.

"Alabama offered me recently, which was kind of a surprise to me," Robinson said. "They have liked me from very early on but I didn't expect them to offer me so soon. They are my first offer and I really haven't even heard that much from any of the other schools yet. It makes me feel really good that such a big-time program believes in me that much."

Robinson, a two-way player for Memphis powerhouse Wooddale, has already made several unofficial visits to the Crimson Tide's campus and has developed a strong relationship with the coaching staff.

"I talk to Coach (Curt) Cignetti a good bit and he's a great guy. He talks to me a lot about the fact that Alabama doesn't just recruit talented kids, they also look for high character, guys that work hard in practice and in the classroom. I have always considered myself a hard worker and it's good to know there are probably a lot of guys at Alabama who appreciate that."

"Coach (Nick) Saban in a really straightforward guy. He doesn't like to mess around, he really gets to the point when he's talking to you and lets you know what he thinks. You can tell that he has a really clear idea of what he wants for his program and he wouldn't be recruiting you if he didn't think you fit into that plan."

The rising-junior star said the Tide's style of offense is a major draw for any running back.

"I watched Alabama play in the SEC Championship game and the national championship game last season and I loved the way they play. They really feed the backs, which I obviously like a lot. Not a lot of schools rely as much on the run anymore but Alabama seems like they base everything they do off being able to run the ball."

Robinson will take the rest of the summer to focus on preparing for his junior season, putting recruiting on the back burner until at least next spring.

"I'm not really thinking about committing early right now because I think I at least need to wait and see who else is going to be interested and who might offer. But no matter who else gets involved with me, Alabama is going to be in good shape. I've really liked them ever since the 9th grade. The fact that they are the first to offer me just helps them even more.

In addition to hauling in two interceptions on defense as a cornerback, Robinson amassed 1,675 yards rushing with 26 touchdowns as a sophomore at Wooddale.

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