Earnest Robinson puts on a show just about every Friday night during the fall. But the wide receiver from Pinson Valley in Pinson, Ala., who committed to Auburn Saturday, can be just as dominating off the field.
Robinson committed to Auburn Saturday.
And that includes the weight room where the speedster already has a 315-pound bench press and 500-pound squat.
“Earnest is a beast in the weight room. He’s a very strong kid,” Pinson Valley coach Matt Glover said. “He’s never had a full year in the weight room because he’s a basketball kid too. When he gets to college, he’ll be close to a 400-pound bench and 600-pound squat.”
Glover said Robinson is a well-behaved young man in the classroom and community.
“He’s a yes sir, no sir kid,” he said. “He’s been to my house numerous times. My wife loves him. He calls her momma. He’s a great kid and has good parents.
“...He’s well liked by everybody.”
Robinson, 6-foot-2 and 204 pounds, was used primarily as a quarterback and safety before becoming a full-time wide receiver as a sophomore. It didn’t take him long to become a go-to player.
“When he wants to, you can’t cover him,” Glover said. “In a playoff game against Hartselle when he was a sophomore, they started out single-covering and he had two touchdowns in the first half. They started bracketing him in the second half with two guys covering him and he caught two more.”
As a junior, Robinson had approximately 65 catches for 600 yards and 13 touchdowns despite missing a couple of games with a high ankle sprain.
“He was out two games and then came back against Chelsea at about 70 percent. He wore a boot all week in practice,” Glover said. “He ended up catching two touchdown passes and had the game-winning touchdown.
“His best attribute is his body control. The best body control I’ve had as a kid. He can go up and get the ball. When he wants to be, he can be as dominating a blocking receiver as there is anywhere.”
Glover credited assistant Tommy Thigpen and the entire Auburn staff for their recruitment of Robinson. He expects his receiver to stay 100 percent committed.
“The only thing I told him is when you commit, you stay committed,” he said. “I don’t want him committing and next week go to Georgia and say, ‘I like Georgia and I’m going to commit to Georgia.’
“I told him as long as Auburn keeps its commitment to you, you need to keep your commitment to Auburn. He said he would.”
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