Jovon Robinson is headed to Auburn…again.
Nearly two years after being ruled ineligible during his freshman training camp, the talented running back has renewed his commitment to the Tigers. Robinson, now the nation's No. 1 overall junior college recruit, described his decision to Rivals.com reporter Justin Hokanson.
"After careful thought and consideration, I have chosen to verbally commit to Auburn University," he told Hokanson.
The Memphis, Tennessee, native was a headline member of Auburn's 2012 class. Robinson, then rated No. 11 nationally among high school running backs in 247Sports' composite rankings, arrived on campus with lofty expectations in place.
However, he never made it to opening kickoff.
An investigation into charges of a fraudulent academic transcript at Wooddale High School led to Robinson's abrupt departure and the resignation of his former guidance counselor.
The development left Auburn searching elsewhere for offensive help and placed the heralded playmaker on an uncertain path.
"I was prepared to play in the SEC as a freshman, to maybe be the face of Auburn University, and in a moment it was like I was being snatched from my ultimate dream," Robinson told AL.com reporter Matt Scalici in April 2013.
After spending a season away from football, Robinson returned to the field with ferocity at Georgia Military College last fall. He rushed for 2,387 yards and 34 touchdowns, setting NJCAA records in both categories.
His dominant JUCO performance earned him another mountain of scholarship offers. Robinson visited campuses at Louisville, Auburn and Alabama this spring.
Robinson is the 14th commitment in Auburn's 2015 class. The group rates No. 3 nationally in 247Sports' composite team rankings.
He walks into a different situation with the Tigers this time around—Robinson is more physically mature, Gene Chizik is no longer the head coach—but another opportunity to make an immediate impact awaits. His shot at redemption occurs with a familiar face in charge.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn was the team's offensive coordinator during the earliest stages of Robinson's high school recruiting process.
"Two of the best people connecting again," he told Hokanson. "I shocked the world, he shocked the world, so what can we not do?"
Auburn fans will finally find out in 2015.
Recruit information courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.
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