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Auburn four-star WR signee Earnest Robinson fails to qualify

By Jerry Hinnen | Staff Writer

Earnest Robinson won't be able to help Auburn for a while. (247Sports)
Earnest Robinson won't be able to help Auburn for a while. (247Sports) (USATSI)
An Auburn receiving corps in dire need of help won't be able to get any -- at least, not right away -- from four-star wideout signee Earnest Robinson.

Robinson's high school coach told Auburn Undercover and other outlets that an attempt for the Pinson, Ala., product to qualify via an online summer school program wasn't going to be completed in time for him to enroll at Auburn. He will instead enroll at East Mississippi Community College.

"His goal is to get out before next football season," Pinson Valley coach Matt Glover said. "That's what he's trying for and hopefully he'll make it, but it might be two football seasons before he can get back.”

Robinson was a 247Sports composite four-star and the No. 46 wide receiver in the class of 2013, having chosen Auburn over offers from Alabama and other SEC suitors. But his final recruiting rankings also placed him outside the 247Sports Top 247, meaning his detour through EMCC might not be make-or-break ... if Auburn wasn't in such dire straits where their receivers are concerned.

The Tigers return just one player from their 2012 roster who caught 10 or more passes (wideout Quan Bray, whose 14 receptions only accounted for 94 yards) and not one who finished with more than 150 yards for the season. Gus Malzahn and Co. attempted to remedy that by signing three four-star receivers in February, but now two of them -- Robinson and Jason Smith, an athlete from Mobile, Ala. -- have failed to qualify.

Based on past recruiting assessments, the Tigers still have no shortage of talented wideouts -- senior Trovon Reed, juniors Jaylon Denson, Corey Grant and Bray, and sophomore Ricard Louis all ranked as four-star recruits coming out of high school, and three-star sophomore Sammie Coates has been frequently mentioned as another high-potential player. Tight ends Ricky Parks, C.J. Uzomah and Brandon Fulse were all four-star recruits as well.

But all that potential has translated into precious little production on the field so far, and while two seasons' worth of poor-to-terrible Auburn quarterbacking has had something to do with that, it doesn't change the fact that the receiving corps still needs all the help it can get -- and that the class of 2013 doesn't look to be in position to add as much help as expected.

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