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Keilan Robinson is the future of Alabama’s backfield

Justin Smith-Touchdown Alabama Magazine

2019 running back, Keilan Robinson, has all the tools and the potential to be a great Alabama running back.

Robinson announced his commitment to the Tide in June. He became the Tide’s only running back commit and has remained so.

The list of Alabama running backs that played under Saban is nothing short of iconic.  Derrick Henry and Mark Ingram had legendary careers and brought Alabama their only two Heisman trophies. Kenyan Drake, T.J. Yeldon, Eddie Lacy, Glen Coffee, Bo Scarbrough, and Trent Richardson also had their fair share of success. The Tide’s current running back corps looks like they will also keep the tradition going with their impressive stable.

Throughout the Tide’s legendary run, they have often featured multiple running backs with contrasting styles. This strategy keeps the defense on their feet at all times. Robinson has his own unique running style and it could fit right in with Alabama’s high octane offense.

The 4-Star recruit stands at 5-feet-9-inches and weighs 184 pounds. He is a tenacious runner with a ton of speed. His ability to make plays in the open field with his wide array of juke moves and sharp cuts gives defenders fits and makes it very hard to get hands on him.

College football has changed dramatically over the last couple of years. Quarterbacks are ready to come in and sling the ball earlier than ever. This often has a negative effect on how many rushing attempts a back gets, which has caused many of them to focus their attention on becoming more of a weapon in the passing game.

Robinson has experience at doing just that. He is a great route runner out of the backfield and has a great pair of hands. His ability to be a weapon in the passing game allows him to catch the ball in the open field and make plays.

St. John’s is expected to have Robinson back inside their game plan for Saturday when they take on Gonzaga High School in a playoff game. He has been in limited action this season.

Alabama would love to add 5-Star running back, Trey Sanders, to this class and create a tandem of the future with Robinson. But if Sanders chooses another school over Alabama, the Tide would be grateful that they have a guy like Robinson committed.

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