Earnest Robinson will not play for Auburn this season. The 2013 recruit is academically ineligible and will instead enroll at East Mississippi Community College, according to Joel A. Erickson of AL.com (h/t Ben Kercheval of College Football Talk).
Robinson was a 4-star wide receiver, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. He was also considered the 59th best wide receiver of the 2013 recruiting class. He was one of the top players of a terrific Auburn class that also included wide receivers Jason Smith, Dominic Walker and Tony Stevens.
Smith will attend the Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy in hopes to improve his test scores. He plans on returning to Auburn in January, but for Robinson, a quick return may not be as easy.
The talented receiver signed with Auburn last February and was working hard on his grades in hopes to be eligible this fall. However, he came up just short, according to his high school coach Matt Glover, per Bryan Matthews of 247Sports.
He’s, of course, disappointed, Pinson Valley head coach Matt Glover said. He actually took a class and made an A in the class but he had to do some stuff on the internet but they won’t let him finish the class in time to enroll at Auburn.
He’s going to go there and start on Sunday. His goal is to get out before next football season. That’s what he’s trying for and hopefully he’ll make it but it might be two football seasons before he can get back.
Besides Smith and Robinson, every other commit is enrolled on campus.
It may be a long time before Robinson can return to the Division I level due to JUCO prospects needing to earn an associate's degree before they become eligible. He will likely play two full seasons at East Mississippi Community College before searching for another Division I program. Robinson had offers from Alabama, Florida State, LSU and Miami among others.