After a brief respite Kirby Smart and his staff struck again this afternoon, picking up a commitment from perhaps the nation’s top tailback for 2022.
Branson Robinson, a 5’10, 220 pound back out of Madison, Mississippi (Germantown HS) chose the Red and Black this afternoon over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Penn State, Tennessee, Southern Cal, and a host of others. Robinson is ranked the #4 running back in the nation for the upcoming cycle in the 247Composite, and #1 in America per Rivals.
Robinson churned out 1179 yards and 15 touchdowns on 121 carries as a junior in 2020. He’s got a thick lower body and looks generally able to handle the physical pounding of SEC football already. While Robinson isn’t necessarily a burner with elite top end speed, he is a punishing runner who makes a lot of his yards after contact.
Todd Monken has certainly been moving the UGA offense toward a more wide open, downfield attack. With that said, you still need guys who can move the sticks, and who can get tough yards when the defense has a good idea what’s coming. Robinson is that kind of old school tailback. While his footwork could still use some tightening up, he’s explosive once he finds a seam. I expect him to be a great complement to the Dawgs’ tailback rotation, and if he’s able to contribute in the passing game as a blocker and receiver, to eventually work into a featured role.
Robinson’s pledge moves Georgia into 6th in the 247Composite recruiting rankings with 12 commits in the class. That’s at least 3 fewer than any team in front of them. Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but it looks like “the Kirby close” (tm) May once again be beginning. Until later...