July 10, 2011

Robinson visits Ole Miss, decision 'very soon'

Memphis (Wooddale), Tenn., running back Jovon Robinson said Sunday his college decision won't come before the completion of the weekend.

However, the Rivals250 standout hinted strongly that he could make a verbal commitment to his school of choice soon thereafter.

"I'm really not in a rush, but I plan to make my decision very soon," Robinson said.

Pressed to specify what "very soon," meant, Robinson laughed.

"Real, real soon," Robinson said.

That timetable likely means Friday's trip to Ole Miss marked the Rebels' final opportunity to make an impression on the 6-foot-1, 218-pound Robinson, who is ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 12 running back and No. 132 overall prospect.

"It went really well," Robinson said of his trip to Oxford, one in which he spent quality time with Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt and running backs coach Derrick Nix. "They showed me all around campus and I got to watch a couple of the incoming freshmen and see how they're getting used to the workouts. They showed me the whole university."

Ole Miss already has a commitment from Memphis running back Jaylen Walton and the Rebels are in a strong position for Walton's teammate, athlete Sheldon Dawson. However, Ole Miss is losing veteran running backs Brandon Bolden and Enrique Davis after the upcoming season, making the running back position one of the most important targets for the Rebels' 2012 signing class.

"(Walton's decision) really doesn't have a good side or a bad side for me," Robinson said. "Jaylen made the best decision for him. I have to make the best decision for me."

Robinson said Ole Miss "is in my top right now," along with fellow finalists Alabama, Mississippi State, Auburn and Memphis.

"Nobody has the lead right now," Robinson said. "It's really going to come down to how comfortable I am in the environment and if I am a perfect fit for the school's offense."

Robinson, who rushed for just more than 1,600 yards and 26 touchdowns last season, said he was "still letting the (Ole Miss visit marinate. I haven't had a chance to sit down and think about Ole Miss. …Ole Miss has a good chance."

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