Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This entry is about the latest with anchor RB commitment Branson Robinson out of Mississippi.
Gluckstadt, Miss. -- Branson Robinson is the powerfully built RB commit to the 2022 class at Georgia.
He’s had an up-and-down senior season that somehow involved an injury. The natural reaction there is to wonder if somebody hit the state champion powerlifter with the 400-pound bench press and 700-pound deadlift with an MX missile.
Or if the Lex Luthor defensive coordinators of Mississippi found a cache of Kryptonite.
The real answer is something ripped out of Greek mythology. The 5-foot-10, 225-pounder has been slowed by an Achilles injury.
“I’ve been dealing with a bruised Achilles lately,” Robinson said. “It is still not 100 percent, but it is enough for me to play. I’ve played the last two games so it is getting better every week. Just dealing with it. Still doing therapy on it. Still trying to get it 100 percent healthy.”
Robinson estimated that he is competing each Friday at about 85 percent right now.
How did that happen? That even sounds like a Marvel script.
“They made a tackle and they grabbed my leg and it turned sideways and three people landed on top of it,” Robinson said. “So it bruised. I have a bruise in front and in the back of my ankle.”
Robinson was thrilled to see Big Bear Alexander rejoin the 2022 class at UGA last week.
“It was actually in my first block class when I saw it,” Robinson said. “I got so excited I screamed. Everybody looked at me crazy. We’re rolling right now. I think that is three or four recruits in the last week. Four commits. It is just we’re rolling. We’re going to keep rolling. We’re pushing to get as many as we can. We’re going to join them with open arms and we are going to congratulate them.”
“We just want to be on top,” he said.
Who does he want to see commit to the G next? Robinson had zero hesitation on that topic.
“I’m hoping for Kamari,” Robinson said of 5-star safety prospect Kamari Wilson at IMG Academy. “Yeah, Kamri. It is just a matter of time with him. I think I know his decision but it is just a matter of time with him.”
Wilson, who took an official visit to UGA for the Arkansas game, ranks as the nation’s No. 1 safety and the No. 20 overall prospect for 2022 on the 247Sports Composite rankings.
He is also the top remaining target for DawgNation on the weekly “Before the Hedges” live streaming recruiting show every Wednesday night.
Did you know the weekly DawgNation.com "Before the Hedges" program is available as an Apple podcast? Click to check it out and download it.
5-star Kamari Wilson of IMG Academy in Florida is one of the most important remaining targets for UGA in the 2022 recruiting cycle. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
Branson Robinson: Why he can’t wait to be a Bulldog
Robinson committed to UGA in July. He established UGA as his leader in the winter and never really wavered in that thought.
He wanted to commit to UGA after his official on the first weekend in June but stuck to a family plan to go through his due diligence. Robinson’s family has set their mind to take all of the visits to the key schools in his process.
Team Robinson took official visits to Alabama and Tennessee before publicly committing to UGA in late July.
The wrinkle here is he finally got the chance to watch a UGA home game in Sanford Stadium this month. He made the trip for the clash with Kentucky.
With a pledge that couldn’t get much stronger, he somehow found a way to do just that.
Robinson and his father were just that taken aback by what they saw from the Georgia people on that Saturday.
“It was amazing,” Robinson said. “It was everything I expected and more. The fans are unbelievable. The atmosphere as soon as you walk in is just amazing. I mean I’ve been to a lot of college games and a lot of college stadiums but Georgia it stands above them all.”
Robinson said he got goosebumps and chills that day. He remembers one occasion vividly.
“When the announcer said here comes the number one team in the nation,” he said. “You just saw how everybody just whatever they were doing they just stopped and looked back and watched the team come out and scream for them. Every fan in that stadium knows and trusts and believes that Georgia is the number one team in the nation. They are going to cheer them on through thick and thin. That’s what gave me goosebumps.”
He was met with a familiar feeling. Robinson told DawgNation after his OV he didn’t want to leave. That was the same ol’ vibe after his latest gameday visit.
“Didn’t want to leave again man, honestly,” Robinson said. “I got to my hotel room that night and I was like ‘Man. Back to Mississippi. Old and boring Mississippi again.’ The bond I have with the [future] teammates that play for Georgia now. Kendall Milton to be one of them. The main one actually. Just the bond I have created with them and just the bond with the 2022 commits and everybody that is around there and Georgia making it the place it is, I just didn’t want to leave at all.”
He was already a die-hard ‘Dawg. It just jacked him up even more.
“It just shows you what to expect when I get there,” he said. “Either way if they had two people in the crowd I was still a Georgia Bulldog. But to see the people rooting for you to play your best. Rooting for you and knowing that you are capable of being the best. I mean that just pushes me to play a great game every time I step foot in that stadium.”
Have you subscribed to the DawgNation YouTube channel yet? If so, you will be able to see special 1-on-1 content with UGA names like Jake Fromm, Gunner Stockon and Brock Vandagriff here.
The powerfully built Branson Robinson jogs back into the huddle during a walkthrough practice earlier this month at Germantown High School in Mississippi (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
Branson Robinson: Why is Kendall Milton his guy?
Milton and Robinson are both running backs. Milton was an All-American and a top 5 RB in the 2020 cycle. Robinson can say the same in the class of 2022.
“He showed me the ropes of the Georgia offense once I got there the first time,” Robinson said. “I mean we relate to stuff both on and off the field.”
Robinson is from Mississippi. Milton is from the far left coast in California. Somehow two dudes from Fresno and Gluckstadt can relate.
“It is kind of crazy,” Robinson said. “Me being from the South. Georgia is in the South. You can kind of expect a Mississippi guy to you know feel the culture around Georgia. But for him to love Georgia as much as he does being from Cali up there with Oregon and California and things like that is kind of surprising. It just shows you what type of team and what type of school Georgia is.”
His father, Reginald Robinson, was with him in the stands for the game. Branson said he couldn’t even hear anything while the defense was on the field.
“I was ready to put on the pads and play right then,” Branson Robinson said.
His father wanted to bring earplugs the next time. He was worried about losing his hearing.
“Every time he goes there and every time he leaves it is one simple word: Wow,” Robinson said. “He and his brother, my uncle, they have a tight bond. They always talk on the phone while he is at Georgia. He said ‘Man, you won’t believe the stuff they have down here. You won’t believe the passion the fans have down here. It is something you have never seen before’ and he’s just so amazed every time we go down there.”
Branson Robinson of Germantown High School in Mississippi couldn't believe the crowd for his first game inside Sanford Stadium. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
(check on the recent reads on DawgNation.com)