Jovon Robinson Commits to Auburn: Spotlight Will Shine Bright on No. 1 JUCO RB

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterMay 15, 2014

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The Jovon Robinson saga has now come full circle.

Robinson, a one-time Auburn commit in the Class of 2012 and the No. 1 junior college running back in the class of 2015, according to, re-committed to the Tigers, according to Justin Hokanson of

"I have taken visits and evaluated every school that offered me the opportunity to be a part of their program, and after careful thought and consideration, I have chosen to verbally commit to Auburn University," Robinson told Hokanson.

Robinson had 272 carries for 2,387 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2013 for Georgia Military College. According to Hokanson, he will graduate in December and enroll at Auburn in January.

He's a huge addition. The Tigers will boast a backfield in 2015 that could consist of 5-star Robinson, fellow Class of 2015 4-star athlete Kerryon Johnson, former 5-star and incoming freshman Roc Thomas and current redshirt freshman Peyton Barber.

That's scary for opposing defensive coordinators and gives head coach Gus Malzahn even more options in his scheme, which thrives with a multidimensional running attack.

Robinson better be prepared, though, because he will be the most polarizing player not only on that roster, but perhaps even in the SEC.

Let's flash back to the summer of 2012.

Former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik was entering what would be his final season as Auburn's head coach, and despite the Cam Newton investigation being officially put to bed in October 2011, rumors and assumptions of impropriety continued to swirl around the program.

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Robinson's situation only added to them.

The former star at Wooddale High School in Memphis, Tennessee, signed with Auburn and participated early in fall camp before being ruled ineligible on Aug. 17, according to Charles Goldberg, then of The NCAA found that at least one of Robinson's high school grades was changed and that he wouldn't be eligible without the grade change.

The Memphis Commercial-Appeal reported in August 2012 that a Wooddale counselor resigned after admitting to changing the grade from a 70 to a 76, admitting that someone told her to do it but not naming that individual. Since Robinson signed with Auburn, dots were connected after, according to the same report, Auburn initiated the initial investigation by Memphis City Schools when it inquired to the principal about transcripts that didn't match.

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It was one of the most polarizing stories of the 2012 offseason, and regardless of what happened, fans of other SEC schools have long memories when it comes to scandal.

Had Robinson committed elsewhere, the grade story would likely disappear forever and be viewed as a small blip on the radar. But at Auburn, it will be different, even if it shouldn't be. The grade change that cost him his eligibility out of high school will be brought up if and when he is made available to the media, and opposing fans will undoubtedly let him hear about it when the Tigers go on the road. 

That will be the nature of the beast, whether Robinson likes it or not.

He has all the talent in the world, and as we saw last season, Malzahn knows how to get the most out of his running backs.

He also has a backstory that will shine a bright spotlight on him throughout his Auburn career.


* Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college writer for Bleacher Report. All recruiting information, junior college stats and rankings are courtesy of unless otherwise noted.