Mississippi's top football prospect Branson Robinson talks recruitment, rise to No. 1 2022 RB in nation

Rashad Milligan
Mississippi Clarion Ledger

Germantown running back Branson Robinson has seen a meteoric rise since his junior season ended last fall.

He's risen to become the No. 1 junior in Mississippi, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, and is even regarded as the No. 1 running back in the country by Rivals.

He also picked up a star along the way, making him a four-star recruit, and because of all of that, his recruitment has taken off.

In April, Robinson took to social media to say he had a list of top schools that included Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee.

Since then, he has added Oregon.

"(I) just like the bond with certain coaches on the staff," Robinson said of his list. "The way they produce, those schools I named, the way they produce their players and get them to the NFL, that's something that pulls me towards those type of schools."

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Former Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead, now Oregon's offensive coordinator, has been recruiting Robinson, according to 247Sports.

Robinson's four-star teammate Zxavian Harris recently announced his top six schools, which also included Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee. Both have said they talk about potentially going to the same college.

"Yeah, we still talk about (going to the same college)," Robinson said. "I was psyched to have some of the schools I had on my top list on his as well. We still talk about it. Hopefully, we can make that happen."

Robinson has four official visits set up for the summer: Georgia, Clemson, Alabama and Tennessee. He said he's going to Georgia on June 4 and Clemson on June 12 and is still figuring out the details on the other visits. Each prospect has a maximum of five official visits.

The 5-foot-10, 220-pound running back, is the No. 4 running back in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, and No. 57 overall. He earned the No. 1 position ranking from Rivals after he earned running back MVP honors at the Rivals Camp Series in April.

"It was a blessing," he said of the jump. "It humbled me also. I'm confident in my ability, so I know where I stood amongst the best. It humbled me, and I'm blessed to be in that position."

Robinson said he doesn't have a commitment date, but he said he plans on signing in December.

"It could come after the season, it could come during the season, it could come right after the visit," he said. "I've just got to have that feeling."

One area Robinson has improved on since this past season was strength. In the offseason, Robinson set state all-time weight lift records at the 220-pound class with a total of 1,720 pounds and the deadlift with 720 pounds. He also set the 6A records for deadlift at 720 pounds and bench press at 370 pounds.

He said the added strength makes it easier for him to break tackles, which was evident in the Mavericks' spring practices, which started last week.

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What he wants to work on this summer is his stamina and his long speed.

"I feel like I got tired after three plays I carried the ball back-to-back-to-back," Robinson said. "I feel like I couldn't move like I wanted to because I was so exhausted."

Contact Rashad Milligan at 601-862-6198 or Jmilligan@gannett.com. Follow @RashadMilligan on Twitter.