- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
PINSON, Ala. -- It’s been a difficult year for Auburn. The Tigers enter Saturday’s game with Georgia at 2-7 on the season and 0-6 in the SEC. Head coach Gene Chizik is on the hot seat despite winning a national championship just two years ago, and it’s starting to affect AU’s 2013 recruiting class.
ESPN 300 wide receiver Earnest Robinson (Pinson, Ala./Pinson Valley) is one of the current Auburn commitments who is firm for now but could start looking around if something happens to the Tigers’ head coach.
“At Auburn, it’s getting pretty bad,” Robinson said. “They’re talking about Chizik leaving, but I’m still holding down.
“The [AU] coaches have just been telling me to keep my mind straight and don’t listen to anyone else. They’re still trying to develop and get ready for next year. Me and Reuben [Foster] are coming up in 2013, so they’re trying to get ready, playing freshmen and everything.”
Pinson Valley head coach Matt Glover believes that if Chizik retains his job, Robinson will stay true to his commitment.
“I think he’s just waiting to see,” Glover said. “If there’s a change made at Auburn, which who knows if there will be or not, but if there’s a change made at Auburn, I think he will look around and keep his options open. If there’s not a change, he’s committed to Coach Chizik.
“I told him to just keep playing the way he’s playing, and everything will fall into place.”
On Friday night, Robinson had 10 receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns. It was a breakout game for the 6-foot-2, 220-pound wide receiver.
He says he’s still receiving interest from a number of top programs, including Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Oregon and Tennessee, and off that group, he’s high on both the Seminoles and the Tigers.
“They’re passing teams,” he said. “I really like the coaches. They said I’m a go-to player. I could start my freshman year.”
Robinson plans to visit Florida State later this month for the Florida game. He already visited Tennessee in October for the Alabama game, and he’ll be at Auburn this Saturday as the Tigers host Georgia.
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