Earnest Robinson: 4-Star WR Sticking to Auburn Commitment Is Huge Win for Tigers

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIDecember 12, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Wins have been somewhat hard to come by this year for the Auburn Tigers, even in recruiting, so at this point, even the smallest of positives has to be looking good.

Hiring Gus Malzahn to be the new head coach was a good start. Making substantial contact and making up on lost ground with 5-star defensive end Carl Lawson was also a huge positive.

It seems like Auburn can add 4-star wide receiver Earnest Robinson to their list of positive things.

After the Tigers fired Gene Chizik it looked like their chances of hanging onto Robinson's commitment were slim. He admitted as much to Greg Ostendorf of ESPN.com:

“Me and Thigpen and Troop, we’re really close, so it really shocked me and everything,” Robinson said. “I had to think what I’m going to do now because I didn’t know what coaching staff was going to come in. I still had my options open.”

Had Robinson decommited, it would have been yet another round of bad news for Auburn. But according to Ostendorf's report, the 4-star receiver's commitment should be solid now that Malzahn is the head coach:

The former Arkansas State head coach knew Robinson from his days as offensive coordinator at Auburn. So when Malzahn took the head coaching job at Auburn, the first in-home visit he made was with Robinson and his family. That’s when the in-state prospect knew he wanted to stay true to his commitment to the Tigers.

“We’ve got a good relationship,” Robinson said. “He recruited me since 10th grade, so we go way back. I know I’ve got a pretty good chance to start down there, so he wants me to take a leadership role and keep everybody on the team, help him with recruits.

“I just like how his offense is, and they want a deep-threat player, so I can be that guy.”

It is worth noting that Ostendorf did also report that Robinson wants to take his visits and is considering Florida State, Georgia, LSU and Mississippi State. For all intents and purposes though, it appears as if Robinson is a firm commitment.

As small of a change in status as that is, this is a big recruiting win for Malzahn and the Tigers.

After losing 5-star linebacker Reuben Foster last week, Auburn really couldn't afford to lose the commitment of another 2013 recruit, if only for the negative emotions and reactions it would cause.

The fact that Malzahn's hire essentially kept Robinson's commitment intact brings a little bit of much-needed momentum to Auburn recruiting, and at the very least it gives them something to feel good about.

There have not been many feel good moments for Auburn this year...

That's not even to mention what Robinson brings as a receiver. He's 6'1'', 192 pounds and runs a 4.50 40 according to 247Sports, and in Malzahn's offensive scheme, the more good receivers Auburn has, the better.

Don't disregard how important momentum is in recruiting though. Recruits definitely know which programs are trending up or down, and negative vibes around a program are never a good thing.

At the very least, Auburn can start to say that they are trending upwards in regards to recruiting, and that positive momentum will play huge dividends for Malzahn and his staff.

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