Memphis stars pick Auburn, Arkansas

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.

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RatherBeDrivingaTitleist writes:

Another good in state star going to greener pastures, or at least in the barn.

madmax22 writes:

I am sure he couldn't pass the big payday Auburn was offering.

keepitreal4vols writes:

Somebody's cut the fence down...

bigtimevol writes:

in response to keepitreal4vols:

Somebody's cut the fence down...

Maybe this guy tore down our fence!

http://www.yikers.com/video_naked_dru...

voloffaith writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors_Daddy:

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Remind us again that ewe are a gator fan correct? Just keeping it real y"all. How many fish still worth having are out there in the recruiting pool? Is the pond dry and now we are holding a fishing pole with a lure and no fish left to bite? Yes,by looking at the list it does look dismal, but signing day and a bunch of youngins still haven't commited and no one has signed or faxed anything yet. BTW way are you a poet and don't know it? Your history,hope, and verge have a writer's flair to it.

easleychuck writes:

Trolls on parade. Auburn equals $$$$$$, always has and always will.

bigorangebolt writes:

We have to be concerned about recruiting right now! Georgia just picked up 5 star studded recruits over the weekend. Dooley has to be more aggressive! Go Big Orange! www.craigsteronline.com

arkyvol writes:

i hope i'm wrong, but i'm still not that sold on dooley. he's another one of hammy's bargain basement, sales rack, plan b hires. if his last name had been smith, jones, or brown, i don't think he'd be where he is. the present state of recruiting is scary.

jimmyrayvol writes:

in response to arkyvol:

i hope i'm wrong, but i'm still not that sold on dooley. he's another one of hammy's bargain basement, sales rack, plan b hires. if his last name had been smith, jones, or brown, i don't think he'd be where he is. the present state of recruiting is scary.

I agree and I'm a little concerned as well. You keep hearing "we always finish strong" or "Dooley's a closer". Well damn it man thats not good enough anymore. I as most of ya'll am very frustrated with the state of this once great program. Dooley better start doing something or we will continue to be bottom feeders of the SEC.

voloffaith writes:

in response to Nafniffikenal:

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Now that is real creativity......UHHH poster name backwards is lanekiffinfan. Got banned on spawn and ewe are that gift that just keeps on giving.

Tommy get off that computer right now!!! Mom I'm on a roll. They've banned me on numerous occasions, yet they can't keep me down for long! Oh my lil boy has got some spunk about him. However, the other day I told you to go outside and do your chores and you didn't. So off that contraption for at least 30 minutes to give them readers a break from that stuff you spew their way. MOM........okay,but just 30 minutes I don't want to lose my momentum.

CCLC writes:

I hope it picks up soon. Good luck VOls.

DalTexVol writes:

in response to Nafniffikenal:

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FAKE ON! We all know you are not a USC fan. Quit hiding behind your facade.

Ayres_Hall writes:

These kids don't sign until the first week in February. Lots of time for things to happen.

givehim6 writes:

Early verbal commits only mean there 6 or 7 months for the guy to change there mind. How many times have we heared a kid change there mind till NSD. When the kid puts his name in ink is what counts guys.

Go4Two writes:

It's not good hope coach picks it up

arkyvol writes:

in response to givehim6:

Early verbal commits only mean there 6 or 7 months for the guy to change there mind. How many times have we heared a kid change there mind till NSD. When the kid puts his name in ink is what counts guys.

it may be a quaint idea, but there are people who still consider their word their bond. i don't know if anyone has ever compiled the stats, but i suspect that the great majority of kids stick by their word. and the ones who don't,...well that's why we have the 'fulmer cup.'

Tenn_Dawg writes:

I think many are wanting to see what happens the 1st-2nd quarter of the season. If UT does well or holds their own then guys will feel comfortable and committ. Stinking it up out of the gate added to the turmoil of recent years, plus no AD and potential penalties coming could really hurt UT.

Right now it is just a wait and see attitude. I think UT will be OK.

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

Ouch. It does hurt to lose a player like Robinson to Auburn. But it galls the mind to know the kind of money that's involved. Let's face it, everybody knows. The staff at NCAA can read, so they know too. Maybe the Auburn coaches will have some recruits over for a backyard cookout, so NCAA will finally bust them.

VolzsFan writes:

in response to Tenn_Dawg:

I think many are wanting to see what happens the 1st-2nd quarter of the season. If UT does well or holds their own then guys will feel comfortable and committ. Stinking it up out of the gate added to the turmoil of recent years, plus no AD and potential penalties coming could really hurt UT.

Right now it is just a wait and see attitude. I think UT will be OK.

Most fans have no idea what you are dealing with when it comes to why recruits pick a school. I am sure that Auburn, USC, Ohio State etc. have the same NCAA issues yet they are doing well in recruiting. Them Vols are not.

Kids pick a school for the dumbest reasons every year. Most do not pick a school the way you think. They generally do not analyze the depth chart, see who is having a good year, what major they want blah blah blah.

They pick a school based on things like, is their number available, Inky said in his book he eliminated a school because they did not have a McDonalds, how they are fed on the visit, the girls they meet on the visit, what type of shoes the school wears etc. They are 17 and would generally not be going to college without sports. Many of you think like a middle aged blue collar worker. Gotta get in their head to figure out why they pick a school. Tenn has ruined themselves when they fired what Newberg called the greatest recruiting Head Coach ever.

Enjoy the change and remember to get out and meet your seats.

johnlg00 writes:

Of course top-drawer recruits are going to be a bit skittish until UT's fate with the NCAA is resolved and Dooley and staff prove they can win or at least be strongly competitive with some regularity against the top teams. Come on, folks; we all knew it would be a tough slog back to the top after all the recent coaching and administrative turmoil.

As others have pointed out, it is still a long way to NSD and no one is signed anywhere yet. By that time all the big questions will have been answered. It only makes sense to wait until NSD or after to have our questions answered.

With a team composed of 70% freshmen and sophomores, there is ample reason to be optimistic about the future. Let the trolls and naysayers carp all they want. They will soon see--as we fans already know--that the Vol future is bright and will be here sooner than many realize.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to arkyvol:

it may be a quaint idea, but there are people who still consider their word their bond. i don't know if anyone has ever compiled the stats, but i suspect that the great majority of kids stick by their word. and the ones who don't,...well that's why we have the 'fulmer cup.'

Though perhaps sad to say, it IS something of a quaint idea in these days of unrestricted coach movement, the vagaries of NCAA investigations, the tendency of schools to withdraw scholarship offers if they get somebody they want more, etc., etc. It is not necessarily an indictment of a kid's character for him to change his mind when the circumstances he foresaw at the time of making his original commitment change in significant ways.

gc_scvol writes:

in response to jimmyrayvol:

I agree and I'm a little concerned as well. You keep hearing "we always finish strong" or "Dooley's a closer". Well damn it man thats not good enough anymore. I as most of ya'll am very frustrated with the state of this once great program. Dooley better start doing something or we will continue to be bottom feeders of the SEC.

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN THAT THIS IS DOOOLEY'S SECOND SEASON, OR DO YOU EXPECT HIM TO WIN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN TWO YEARS? GIVE THE MAN A CHANCE...MAYBE YOU REACHED THE APEX OF YOUR CAREER IN TWO YEARS, MAYBE YOU DIDN'T..I'M JUST SAYIN'.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Most fans have no idea what you are dealing with when it comes to why recruits pick a school. I am sure that Auburn, USC, Ohio State etc. have the same NCAA issues yet they are doing well in recruiting. Them Vols are not.

Kids pick a school for the dumbest reasons every year. Most do not pick a school the way you think. They generally do not analyze the depth chart, see who is having a good year, what major they want blah blah blah.

They pick a school based on things like, is their number available, Inky said in his book he eliminated a school because they did not have a McDonalds, how they are fed on the visit, the girls they meet on the visit, what type of shoes the school wears etc. They are 17 and would generally not be going to college without sports. Many of you think like a middle aged blue collar worker. Gotta get in their head to figure out why they pick a school. Tenn has ruined themselves when they fired what Newberg called the greatest recruiting Head Coach ever.

Enjoy the change and remember to get out and meet your seats.

Though I seldom agree with you, you have made some good points here. However, I would disagree that NCAA troubles and coaching changes have not affected USC and OSU, to name two. They have done reasonably well, but then they always do. Even so, both have lost some committed recruits because of existing or predicted sanctions.

Besides, most guys who make their FINAL decisions based on trivial factors such as you mentioned do so from a list of schools which, in their minds at least, ALL fulfill most of the other criteria they use to pick a school. We see all the time in, for example, employment situations that there is often little to distinguish between the top handful of candidates, so it doesn't take a big reason to pick one over the other.

There are lots of schools out there with a good environment for athletes, a record of putting guys in the pros, decent weather, pretty girls, etc., etc. The Vols will get their fair share when, as I said above, their NCAA issues are resolved and the program shows it can compete against the big boys. Those are the kinds of BIG things guys consider first before any of the lesser ones come into play.

BamaVol writes:

in response to CCLC:

I hope it picks up soon. Good luck VOls.

After the NCAA does its thing, you will see lots of kids coming to Tennessee.

joeaubie writes:

in response to steamboatticket#484773:

Ouch. It does hurt to lose a player like Robinson to Auburn. But it galls the mind to know the kind of money that's involved. Let's face it, everybody knows. The staff at NCAA can read, so they know too. Maybe the Auburn coaches will have some recruits over for a backyard cookout, so NCAA will finally bust them.

Yep, BIG buckets of money. Just sitting around. Grab a few thou on your way out the door. NCAA investigators filling their pockets too. All in baby!

When's the Vawls penalties being announced?

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Witch Doctor say why then did you type it wrong?
Bones never lie.

voloffaith writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say why then did you type it wrong?
Bones never lie.

This is formerly GHOST right? I know you taint Daddy since he/she be a gator fan.

BoroVolFan writes:

in response to CrippledCoon:

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Justin King, 3 Star linebacker from Dunwoody, GA has also just committed...

CoverOrange writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Of course top-drawer recruits are going to be a bit skittish until UT's fate with the NCAA is resolved and Dooley and staff prove they can win or at least be strongly competitive with some regularity against the top teams. Come on, folks; we all knew it would be a tough slog back to the top after all the recent coaching and administrative turmoil.

As others have pointed out, it is still a long way to NSD and no one is signed anywhere yet. By that time all the big questions will have been answered. It only makes sense to wait until NSD or after to have our questions answered.

With a team composed of 70% freshmen and sophomores, there is ample reason to be optimistic about the future. Let the trolls and naysayers carp all they want. They will soon see--as we fans already know--that the Vol future is bright and will be here sooner than many realize.

It's actually closer to 60% freshmen and sophomores, which is not too far from normal.

TennVol01 writes:

A commitment is just that ... a promise. No signature. No contract to the school.

I stopped celebrating early commitments. I do not celebrate when signed. I celebrate when they qualify academically and enroll. Go Vols.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to gc_scvol:

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN THAT THIS IS DOOOLEY'S SECOND SEASON, OR DO YOU EXPECT HIM TO WIN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN TWO YEARS? GIVE THE MAN A CHANCE...MAYBE YOU REACHED THE APEX OF YOUR CAREER IN TWO YEARS, MAYBE YOU DIDN'T..I'M JUST SAYIN'.

Gene Chizik. NC in two years.
Nick Saban. Undefeated season second year, then NC in third.
Les Miles. 11-2 first year, 11-2 second year, NC in three years.
Urban Meyers. NC in two years.

Ample examples of the possibility. But I'm not expecting it.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to TennVol01:

A commitment is just that ... a promise. No signature. No contract to the school.

I stopped celebrating early commitments. I do not celebrate when signed. I celebrate when they qualify academically and enroll. Go Vols.

I celebrate when they actually catch a pass, break a long run, throw a TD, intercept a pass, or sack the QB. Until then, all just a promise.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

It's actually closer to 60% freshmen and sophomores, which is not too far from normal.

Well, one would think that a completely class-balanced squad would have 50% freshmen and sophs, rare as those squads may be in reality. The thing is, the Vols don't have a lot of upperclassmen who play major roles compared with the top-ranked SEC squads--I think I saw somewhere that they have only 12 scholarship seniors on the squad, which is SURELY not a balanced squad--and most fans at least see most of the squad's breakout potential among the younger players.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Gene Chizik. NC in two years.
Nick Saban. Undefeated season second year, then NC in third.
Les Miles. 11-2 first year, 11-2 second year, NC in three years.
Urban Meyers. NC in two years.

Ample examples of the possibility. But I'm not expecting it.

To be fair, don't you think those programs were all in better shape when those guys showed up than UT was when Dooley was hired? Combine the comparatively low rank of Fulmer's last couple of classes with attrition from those classes with Kiffin's arrival and with further attrition when Kiffin left, and I would argue that none of those teams you mentioned were in as deep a numbers hole as the Vols were when Dooley came in. I don't mean to bust your chops, since you did say you weren't expecting a national championship THIS year.

BigOrangeSmoker writes:

we dont need that thug anyhow

Huttdawg100 writes:

We need defensive linemen and linebackers, so I feel comfortable letting mediocre running backs choose other schools. This is a big week for UT recruiting. We've got Danny O'Brien, Dalton Santos, DJ Humphries, and Kaiwan Lewis in town, and all four have us high on their lists. Also, we're in a numbers crunch. We can't sign 25 guys next next year, so we need to be extremely selective with the guys we choose. Why take a 3 star guy that plays a position that's not a necessity when there are 4 and 5 star defensive tackles that have us at the top of their board? National Signing Day is not in August; it's in February. Don't push the panic button yet. We'll be ok.

thetrollhunter writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Most fans have no idea what you are dealing with when it comes to why recruits pick a school. I am sure that Auburn, USC, Ohio State etc. have the same NCAA issues yet they are doing well in recruiting. Them Vols are not.

Kids pick a school for the dumbest reasons every year. Most do not pick a school the way you think. They generally do not analyze the depth chart, see who is having a good year, what major they want blah blah blah.

They pick a school based on things like, is their number available, Inky said in his book he eliminated a school because they did not have a McDonalds, how they are fed on the visit, the girls they meet on the visit, what type of shoes the school wears etc. They are 17 and would generally not be going to college without sports. Many of you think like a middle aged blue collar worker. Gotta get in their head to figure out why they pick a school. Tenn has ruined themselves when they fired what Newberg called the greatest recruiting Head Coach ever.

Enjoy the change and remember to get out and meet your seats.

How's your summer been? I've spent the last 4 days chilling in Destin playing music with bands and meeting some FINE lookin Florida State girls. You've been.....posting here.

It's funny, me, a Tennessee has been living life to the fullest in Florida, while you, a Florida fan, having been wasting away here on a Tennessee board. In fact, a lot of Florida fans have been spending their whole life posting here.

Oh what hilarious irony!!!!

That's the difference between Tennessee and Florida fans. Tennessee fans like to enjoy life, Florida fans like to......try and annoy Tennessee fans. HAHAHAHA

voloffaith writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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Okeefanokee I have a thought 4u....."You shall have no other Gods before me." I pay homage to no man. Especially when they do the kemosabe spoke stuff. On topic, we don't want them all and don't need them all. I bet this staff knows what they want and are in hot pursuit of it with February in mind. UGH Dartanian has spokeneth....Don't get mad...the question is are you Okemosabe or Tnmantraveletc?

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to voloffaith:

This is formerly GHOST right? I know you taint Daddy since he/she be a gator fan.

Witch Doctor trimmed the "_ghost" part off like bad sideburns! lol
Bones never lie.

easleychuck writes:

in response to thetrollhunter:

How's your summer been? I've spent the last 4 days chilling in Destin playing music with bands and meeting some FINE lookin Florida State girls. You've been.....posting here.

It's funny, me, a Tennessee has been living life to the fullest in Florida, while you, a Florida fan, having been wasting away here on a Tennessee board. In fact, a lot of Florida fans have been spending their whole life posting here.

Oh what hilarious irony!!!!

That's the difference between Tennessee and Florida fans. Tennessee fans like to enjoy life, Florida fans like to......try and annoy Tennessee fans. HAHAHAHA

Trolls just being trolls. The real fans of other schools don't hang out on out of town websites and post mindless dribble.

Glad you enjoyed your trip and have an actual life.

The trolls don't really understand what you are saying. They are unable to comprehend that most of us have lives that are way too valuable to waste the time trolling about other teams.

SEC1 writes:

in response to gc_scvol:

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN THAT THIS IS DOOOLEY'S SECOND SEASON, OR DO YOU EXPECT HIM TO WIN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN TWO YEARS? GIVE THE MAN A CHANCE...MAYBE YOU REACHED THE APEX OF YOUR CAREER IN TWO YEARS, MAYBE YOU DIDN'T..I'M JUST SAYIN'.

WHY NOT? GENE CHIZIK DID..... JUST SAYIN

KevDVol writes:

We need our NCAA sanctions handed out asap. As weak as we are, we don't need recruiters using our unknown punishment(s) against us.

Anyway, we never do much in Memphis so let's not act like this was some big surprise or proof that Dooley can't recruit with the big boys. It is disappointing news but we usually have much better luck with Atlanta area backs.

kcbigorngX writes:

in response to SEC1:

WHY NOT? GENE CHIZIK DID..... JUST SAYIN

Cam "rented mule" Newton is the one who won the NC.

Chizik just 'looked the other way'; just like Saban, Myers, Tressel, Kiffen, etc.

Derek Dooley has already proven he is going to run a straight and narrow ship. The alumni and boosters will not run the UT program at any price.

For all you crybabies out there who can't control their sphincters during the recruiting process, who do you think was instrumental in developing and eventually became the #1 man in charge of Saban's entire recruiting package?

joeaubie writes:

in response to CrippledCoon:

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Wow. The Vawls must have outbid us. Since the only way AU beats the Vawls in recruiting is by cheating. Right?

thetrollhunter writes:

in response to joeaubie:

Wow. The Vawls must have outbid us. Since the only way AU beats the Vawls in recruiting is by cheating. Right?

U mad?

CoverOrange writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Well, one would think that a completely class-balanced squad would have 50% freshmen and sophs, rare as those squads may be in reality. The thing is, the Vols don't have a lot of upperclassmen who play major roles compared with the top-ranked SEC squads--I think I saw somewhere that they have only 12 scholarship seniors on the squad, which is SURELY not a balanced squad--and most fans at least see most of the squad's breakout potential among the younger players.

Yeah, you would think 50% would be the balance point but when you throw in only 85 scholarships at a time and 4x25=100 (theoretically 5x25=125 if every freshman redshirted) there has to be attrition. Most that leave do so after sophomore years meaning juniors and seniors are under represented. No data, but I'm guessing 55-60% is the norm.

But your point is spot on, if you could weight the talent the balance would lay somewhere between the fresh and the sophs.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to johnlg00:

To be fair, don't you think those programs were all in better shape when those guys showed up than UT was when Dooley was hired? Combine the comparatively low rank of Fulmer's last couple of classes with attrition from those classes with Kiffin's arrival and with further attrition when Kiffin left, and I would argue that none of those teams you mentioned were in as deep a numbers hole as the Vols were when Dooley came in. I don't mean to bust your chops, since you did say you weren't expecting a national championship THIS year.

Chizik had defense to work with, but the offense was a muddled mess. Without the miracle known as Cam (and the OC that put it together) they go 8-4 at best.

Shula left Saban almost nothing. He built a monster team in two years.

What Fulmer had when he left wasn't bad. What was bad was what Kiffin did to it coming and going. Saban got a lot of media hype just stepping foot on campus in Tuscaloosa. When Dooley arrived, the story was still about Kiffin for months after. But, to your point, Saban had more bodies when he arrived and didn't lose many.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to kcbigorngX:

Cam "rented mule" Newton is the one who won the NC.

Chizik just 'looked the other way'; just like Saban, Myers, Tressel, Kiffen, etc.

Derek Dooley has already proven he is going to run a straight and narrow ship. The alumni and boosters will not run the UT program at any price.

For all you crybabies out there who can't control their sphincters during the recruiting process, who do you think was instrumental in developing and eventually became the #1 man in charge of Saban's entire recruiting package?

Whoa, dude. Saban "looked the other way" and Dooley was "in charge of Saban's entire recruiting package"?

Want to think over retracting those statements?

voloffaith writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Whoa, dude. Saban "looked the other way" and Dooley was "in charge of Saban's entire recruiting package"?

Want to think over retracting those statements?

In charge to a point at LSU . Not at bammee.....

thetrollhunter writes:

in response to easleychuck:

Trolls just being trolls. The real fans of other schools don't hang out on out of town websites and post mindless dribble.

Glad you enjoyed your trip and have an actual life.

The trolls don't really understand what you are saying. They are unable to comprehend that most of us have lives that are way too valuable to waste the time trolling about other teams.

Yeah man today was the first day it actually was sunny all week, which is amazing considering Florida's been having a drought all summer. And let me tell ya, them Florida State girls "noles" how to party.

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