MEMPHIS - Wooddale High's award-winning running back is joining a title-winning team.
Senior star Jovon Robinson confirmed Saturday that he has verbally committed to attend Auburn, the 2010 BCS national champion.
He is coming off a junior season in which he rushed for 2,196 yards and scored 36 touchdowns, earning him the Commercial Appeal Best of the Preps offensive player of the year award.
Robinson is the Tigers' 11th commitment for the class of 2012 and the second highly rated running back, joining T.J. Yeldon of Daphne, Ala. Robinson is the 12th-ranked running back prospect in the nation, according to Rivals.com.
"It's just a family atmosphere," he said. "And I really like the coaches. They told me if I come in and work hard and learn the plays, they expect me to contribute right away."
In a talented Shelby-Metro running back class, Robinson stands out. At 6-foot-1, 216 pounds, he has the size to run over defenders and the speed to run around them. Plus, he's a dependable pass catcher coming out of the backfield and is a dangerous return man.
Robinson made his decision while attending football camp at Auburn.
"I just felt a first connection (with Auburn)," he said. "They shined some light on some things for me."
Also Saturday, Brandon Lewis became the third member of Ridgeway's talented senior class to give a verbal commitment, saying he'll attend Arkansas.
Lewis, a 6-5, 220-pound defensive end who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds and is athletic enough to start at power forward for the Roadrunners basketball team, joins offensive lineman Cordale Boyd (Arkansas) and running back Jaylen Walton (Ole Miss) as Ridgeway commitments.
Lewis, ranked as the sixth-best prospect in the Shelby-Metro area, was one of the defensive stars for a team that won its first 13 games last season before falling to Hendersonville, 21-19, in the Class 5A semifinals.