TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Young Jeezy once rapped that he put on for his city. Essentially, Brian Robinson is doing the same thing.
Robinson, a four-star running back from Tuscaloosa’s Hillcrest High School, has been committed to Alabama for six months now. It’s a school that Robinson has dreamed about playing for since he can remember.
“I’ve always dreamed about playing for Alabama,” Robinson told SEC Country. “I never thought about any other schools besides Alabama. It’s a top-notch program that happens to be in my city. It’s a dream come true.”
The 6-foot-2, 216-pounder truly started thinking that playing for Alabama was a legitimate possibility in 7th grade. That’s when he realized he had a special gift.
Robinson was personally offered by Nick Saban two months before he ended up committing. You would think that someone who has dreamed about being a part of the Crimson Tide would have been consumed with happiness. For Robinson, he knew that day was coming.
“I didn’t really react in no type of way,” Robinson said. “I was happy, but I expected it because it was one of the goals I had set before the season started, so when I did get that offer, it was more of a feeling of relief that I accomplished a goal.”
Despite his commitment to his dream school, several other colleges are trying to pry him away from the Tide.
Robinson said he still hears from Georgia, Ole Miss, Auburn and Michigan on a consistent basis.
It’s going to take a miracle for one of those schools to flip Robinson, though.
“The way I feel about Alabama — it’s going to be hard to go anywhere else,” Robinson said.
That feeling he’s talking about is something that can’t be explained well with words, but look at his face when he’s talking and you understand what he means. Talking about Alabama instantly brings a bright smile to Robinson’s face.
“They have so much love around the program,” Robinson said. “The coaching staff is great. Coach Saban not only pushes you to become a great athlete, but he pushes you to be better on and off the field. He’s one of the greatest coaches in history. It’s a privilege to be able to play under him.”
His goals for once he gets to Alabama include becoming a starter from day one, rushing for over 1,000 yards each year he’s there and being a Heisman Trophy contender every season.
Those are obviously lofty goals for someone to obtain, but Robinson has always set the bar high for himself.
When he was a freshman at Hillcrest, he wasn’t the team’s starting running back, but rather the fullback.
The nation’s No. 15 RB became the team’s starting tailback sophomore year, and that’s when his recruitment started to take off.
In Hillcrest’s spring game during his sophomore year, Robinson broke off a 90-yard touchdown. Shortly after that, Nebraska was the first school to contact him.
“That’s when I knew that I had a chance to do something very special,” Robinson said.
Hillcrest coach Sam Adams believes that it’s not Robinson’s athletic talents that makes him stand out from other elite athletes, it’s his character.
“What separates Brian from most guys out there really doesn’t have much to do with football,” Adams said. “It’s really his approach to life. He has a bright personality and positive attitude. He really makes this building better when he’s in here.”
The Alabama staff is hoping he makes Bryant-Denny Stadium a better place, too, and continues the tradition the Crimson Tide have with all of their great running backs that have put on that jersey.
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Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.