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Nation’s No. 1 JC prospect commits to Auburn … but will visit Alabama

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Georgia Military’s Jovon Robinson, who is rated as nation’s No. 1 prospect out of junior college, committed to Auburn on Thursday but he will take official visits to two other schools next month.

The 5-star running back from Memphis originally signed with Auburn in 2012 but failed to qualify academically. While Robinson has publicly pledged to return to Auburn, he will take a recruiting trip to his future team’s biggest rival.

5-star RB Jovon Robinson (247sports.com)

5-star RB Jovon Robinson (247sports.com)

“I think he’s comfortable with Auburn,” GMC coach Bert Williams told the AJC. “I think he likes the staff. He signed there originally. So there’s a connection. I think there’s a pretty high degree of comfort with those guys.

“So Auburn has been talking to him for a while, and he did want to go ahead and commit there. But he did want to take his visits that he had already scheduled.

“From my understanding, he has an official visits set to Alabama and Southern Cal in June. All the college coaches are on the same page with understanding that. They’ve all been recruiting him for a while. Everybody is on the same page with where he’s going and where his visits are.”

Last season, the 5-foot-11, 225-pound Robinson set a junior college record with 2,387 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns and was named NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year. He has more than 20 scholarship offers, including Florida State, Louisville and UGA.

“He’s the best running back I think I’ve ever been around,” Williams said. “The only person I would say is in the same boat would be Garrison Hearst from the time I was at Georgia. He’s a different type of runner that Hearst, but I think he can play at the same high level.

“Jovon is a very physical runner. I think he’s an every-down runner. We didn’t have to use him in the passing game, but he can catch the ball out of the backfield. He can run for power, and he can run for speed.”

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