By Scott Buttram
Pinson Valley’s four-star receiver Earnest Robinson said Tuesday that he remains committed to Auburn, but he is keeping his options open until he knows who will replace Gene Chizik.
“I’m still committed to Auburn, but I’m opening up to look around,” Robinson said. “I’m going to wait a week or so and see what coach comes up next. If he can keep the program going and see how the staff is, I might stay, but I want to see what happens next.”
Tommy Thigpen was Auburn’s lead recruiter for Robinson’s services, but Robinson said he had not heard from Thigpen, or anyone from Auburn, since Chizik was fired last Sunday following a 3-8 season.
Robinson, one of the stars of the highly rated recruiting class assembled by the now dismissed staff, was in Auburn last weekend when Chizik was fired. He said he heard the news through media reports and headed to the Auburn football complex.
“The media was everywhere,” Robinson said.
“They started following me around, but I didn’t get to see the coaches.”
Chizik’s departure has created a firestorm of interest from other schools.
“My phone has been blowing up,” Ronbinson said, but he declined to name any of the coaches or schools that had made contact
Robinson was complimentary of Chizik and clearly fond of the former Auburn coach.
“He is a pretty cool guy. He always let you have a good time. He talked about wanting more leadership on the team and on the field.”
Robinson still plans to take his official visits in January. He listed the schools at the top of list along with Auburn as LSU, Georgia, Florida and Florida State.