The best running back recruit in the class of 2015 might not be in high school at all. Jovon Robinson, of Georgia Military College, is not new to the recruiting scene. Originally out of Memphis (Tenn.) Wooddale, Robinson signed with Auburn in 2012, but academic issues caused him to withdraw from the school and head to a junior college. Robinson was a fantastic prospect out of high school, but he looks even better now.
Robinson checks in at 6'0 and 220 pounds, and already holds offers from Alabama, Florida State and Georgia. He ran for 2,387 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2013, and earned national player of the year and All-America status. He is rated four- or five-stars by the various recruiting services who have already ranked junior college players.
What makes Robinson so good? Let's review his film.
Robinson offers a fantastic blend of size and speed. On the first play, he quickly gets around the offensive line, then makes a speed cut and puts distance between himself and the defender, all while carrying 220 pounds. On the second play (00:17), he shows excellent lateral agility and balance to cut off two defenders, and then runs through two arm tackles for an additional 10 yards. On the third play (0:18), he showcases excellent burst and vision, hitting the cutback for a nice gain. On other plays, he throws nice stiff-arms, catches the football and runs defenders over. I like Robinson's ability to run low, behind his pads, and keep his balance as well.
Other film is arguably even more impressive.
Whichever school is lucky enough to sign Robinson might get only him for one year before he is off to the NFL. Robinson is scheduled to graduate in December and enroll for spring practice.