Auburn Football Recruiting: Two Future Tigers Among ESPN’s 2015 Top 20 JUCO Players

facebooktwitterreddit has updated its 2015 Junior College 50 and two of the top 20 players, including No. 1 overall, are committed to the Auburn football recruiting class.

According to ESPN, running back Jovon Robinson is the best junior college player in America. Robinson has passed his classes and is set to join the Tigers in time for bowl practices. In a recent interview with ($), Robinson said “I’ve been anticipating this for two years.”

Robinson is listed at 6-foot and 225 pounds, though he reportedly played near 240 pounds in his second season at Georgia Military College. While also working through injuries, the soon-to-be junior had 811 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 116 carries in 2014.

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Those numbers fall far shy of the single-season record of 2,347 yards and 34 touchdowns he had in 2013. But, there are plenty of reasons he’s still considered to be the top JUCO prospect in the country.

“Jovon has had a couple of extra challenges this year that he didn’t face the previous year,” GMC head coach Bert Williams said in October. “We played stronger caliber defenses early in the season that were clearly geared to stop our running attack, inserting eight defenders into run defense on a regular basis. Our offensive line and fullback were entirely new — no returning starters or contributors from the 2013 season — so we had some learning curves up front as well.”

Expect Robinson to play immediately and to compete with 2015 sophomore Roc Thomas to be the Tigers’ top ball carrier next season.

Robinson isn’t the only highly-touted JUCO player that is committed to the Tigers, however. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College quarterback Jason Smith is ranked 17th by ESPN.

Listed as an Athlete, the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder completed 102 of 165 passes for 1,566 yards and 18 touchdowns with only two interceptions this season. He added 424 rushing yards and led the team with ten touchdowns on the ground.

At this time, it is unknown what position Smith will play with the Tigers. Jeremy Johnson is widely considered one of the best backup quarterbacks in the country, and with Nick Marshall departing following the bowl game, the starting job appears to be his for the next two seasons. However, there are needs at wide receiver (especially if Duke Williams and/or Sammie Coates declare for the NFL Draft), and at defensive back. Smith is a good enough athlete to play either.

Unfortunately, Smith’s teammate at MGCCC, the eighth ranked player on ESPN’s list and the top rated defensive back, Tony Bridges, recently switched his commitment from the Tigers to Ole Miss.

With 19 total commits, the 2015 Auburn football recruiting class is currently ranked ninth nationally by ESPN, which is sixth in the SEC. The football players verbally committed to Auburn are:

LB Montavious Atkinson – 6-2, 205 – Fairburn, GA

OL Tyler Carr – 6-5, 310 – Gadsden, AL

DB Jordan Colbert – 6-2, 205 – Griffin, GA

FB Chandler Cox – 6-2, 220 – Apopka, FL

S Ben Edwards – 6-0, 196 – Jacksonville, FL

OL Marquel Harrell – 6-3, 295 – Fairburn, GA

TE Jalen Harris – 6-5, 238 – Montgomery, AL

DT Jauntavius Johnson – 6-2, 330 – Lincoln, AL

ATH/RB Kerryon Johnson – 6-0, 200 – Madison, AL

OL Kaleb Kim – 6-4, 280 – Hoschton, GA

LB Richard McBryde – 6-2, 210 – Troy, AL

WR D’Anfernee McGriff – 6-1, 230 – Tallahassee, FL

QB Tyler Queen – 6-2, 229 – Kennesaw, GA

RB Jovon Robinson –5-11, 225 – Georgia Military College

OL Bailey Sharp – 6-5, 280 – Marietta, GA

ATH/QB Jason Smith – 6-1, 180 – Gulf Coast CC

LB Elijah Sullivan – 6-1, 215 – Tucker, GA

DB Chris Westry – 6-4, 180 – Oakleaf Park, FL

LB Darrell Williams – 6-3, 227 – Hoover, AL

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