Deadspin learns you something: Branson Robinson is the next great backfield bruiser


 Branson Robinson is the next star running back recruit.

Branson Robinson is the following star operating again recruit.
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5-foot-10, 220 kilos with a 40-inch vertical, a 4.49 40-yard sprint, and a full beard as well.

Oh, and this behemoth I’m referring to nonetheless has a full 12 months of highschool left.

Branson Robinson, a soon-to-be senior at Germantown Excessive Faculty in Madison, Mississippi, has been turning heads and breaking ankles not too long ago in his sport footage and coaching movies.

You’re telling me that that’s a excessive schooler?! That’s somebody who only in the near past acquired a driver’s license? It’s the outdated “what are they feeding these guys?” joke come to life. Robinson and his freakish measurement and talents have caught the attention of a number of universities. In response to 247sports, Robinson has acquired curiosity from 17 sturdy soccer faculties together with such southern elites as Alabama, Georgia, and Clemson, amongst many extra. It’s apparent why Robinson is drawing a lot consideration. The person is constructed like a tank, however pure measurement isn’t sufficient by itself to make each recruiter swoon over you. Robinson {couples} his uncooked power with unimaginable quickness and a capability to begin and cease that makes my ACLs weak simply watching it. It’s the very same mixture of bodily belongings that made Mark Ingram so dominant on the faculty stage, and that’s what makes Alabama such a logical vacation spot for Robinson.

Robinson is precisely the kind of again who’d match completely in Nick Saban’s system. From Derrick Henry to Eddie Lacy to Trent Richardson to Bo Scarbrough, the massive bruiser within the backfield has been a reasonably constant pressure in Nick Saban’s Alabama system. The Crimson Tide offense has been in a position to succeed with out an enormous bulking muscle carrying the ball, however Bama has had immense success with such gamers. Each operating again I simply talked about gained at the least one nationwide championship with the Crimson Tide. The truth is, other than Derrick Henry, all of them gained at the least two.

So, does this imply that Bama is a shoe-in to land Mississippi’s high total recruit and the nation’s quantity three operating again? Properly, not precisely. Per experiences, Robinson has truly expressed unimaginable curiosity in each Georgia and Tennessee as properly. Together with Alabama, these are the three faculties Robinson has reportedly narrowed down his determination to. So how properly would a again like Robinson match into the non-Saban programs?

Clearly, any college can be thrilled to have somebody as gifted as Robinson, however Robinson doesn’t precisely match the mould that Tennessee’s head coach Josh Heupel has proven favor for throughout his teaching profession. Throughout Heupel’s time as an offensive coach at UCF, Heupel adopted his personal variation of Artwork Briles’ coveted “veer and shoot” system — a system that depends closely on RPOs, and desires a quarterback who can learn opposing defenses properly. That system would almost definitely match Robinson’s talent set, simply because it did with QB-turned-TE/HB Blake Bell at Oklahoma again in 2014, nevertheless it wouldn’t give Robinson the highlight he’d need if he was actually trying to turn out to be a possible first-round NFL draft choice. Three years in Heupel’s RPO-heavy offense may flip Robinson into extra of a fullback than anything. I doubt that’s what Robinson would need.

As for Georgia, the Bulldogs would undoubtedly match Robinson higher. The most typical comparability I’ve seen Robinson draw is to former Georgia phenom Nick Chubb. Georgia runs a way more pro-style offense, alongside the identical strains as Alabama has. To not point out, that if Robinson’s sport actually does play very similar to Chubb’s, taking part in for a coach that helped Chubb grow to be one of many NFL’s greatest operating backs can be extremely attractive. As nice as Alabama’s historical past with halfbacks is, Georgia’s has arguably been higher at producing strong NFL expertise similar to Sony Michel and D’Andre Swift in addition to a few of the sport’s greatest runners in recent times just like the aforementioned Nick Chubb and Todd Gurley.

On his social media, Robinson has said that he might be making his faculty determination on July 22, the birthday of his late uncle who not too long ago handed away.

Though Tennessee is among the many faculties at the moment within the operating, it’s extremely unlikely Robinson would select a faculty that simply employed its fifth head coach since 2008. For my part, Georgia looks like the clear alternative for Robinson. Alabama is broadly thought to be halfback U, and Saban has already acquired commitments from one other 4-star halfback prospect, Istruoma’s Le’Veon Moss and 5-star prospect on the place, Emmanuel Henderson out of Geneva County. I’m certain Robinson isn’t one to shrink back from competitors, however Georgia would supply a chance to play earlier in a system virtually as coveted as Alabama’s.

To not point out, Georgia put collectively an incredible recruiting effort throughout Robinson’s go to to UGA in June. Throughout that go to, Robinson was taken on a tour of the college’s amenities together with 4 different high prospects: quarterback Gunnar Stockton, vast receiver De’Nylon Morrissette, vast receiver Kojo Antwi, and tight finish Oscar Delp. Of their quick time collectively in Athens, these 5 grew to become extremely shut buddies and even began referring to themselves as “The Fab 5” — a nod to Michigan basketball’s 1991 recruiting class that noticed their group, led solely by true freshman, attain the NCAA finals (after which do it once more). Each Stockton and Morrissette have already introduced their commitments to UGA. And with as chummy as this group have been with each other on social media, it appears increasingly more probably by the day that each one 5 may find yourself as a part of the Dawg Pound. I really feel I don’t must say simply how harmful having 5 of the nation’s high recruits at every offensive talent place makes a group.

Robinson has all of the instruments essential to be the following nice faculty again. Drawing comparisons to Nick Chubb and Mark Ingram is rarely unhealthy. I’m wanting ahead to seeing him dominate opposition on the collegiate stage.


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