Jojo Robinson’s first shot at the Power 5 didn’t go so well. The former 4-star receiver is coming back, and will look for redemption at Texas Tech.
— Jojo robinson (@deuce_jojo) June 26, 2017
For Robinson, it is a second chance. Kliff Kingsbury is going out on a limb by bringing Robinson into the program. Robinson was a highly-touted prospect out of high school, but so far, his college career has been defined by self-inflicted setbacks.
Robinson was a 2014 4-star prospect, and surprised everyone by flipping his commitment from Florida State to Arkansas at the last minute. It was a big get for the Razorbacks. However, an arrest for armed robbery just before the season threatened to derail his college career before it even got going.
The charges against Robinson were eventually dropped, and his father told Whole Hog Sports that it was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Robinson was a passenger in a car that was pulled over for suspicion of armed robbery and the driver fled the scene while Robinson sat in the car not really sure of what was going on.
“He got into a car with a friend who normally takes him home after working out,” Jojo’s dad told Whole Hog Sports. “(Jojo) didn’t know what was going on. He stayed in the car. They picked him and the driver up, and the guy who was doing everything ran. They still don’t have him in custody.
“(Jojo) just didn’t understand what they had done prior.”
Robinson ended up serving a one-game suspension following the arrest. He went on to play in four games recording six passes for 53 yards and saw action on special teams. Unfortunately, that is also Robinson’s total stat line at Arkansas. He was dismissed from the program mid-season in 2015 as he struggled to live up to the “student” part of student-athlete. Robinson continually failed to make it to class, and by late October coach Brett Bielema had seen enough.
It would seem that getting booted at Arkansas was the wake up call Robinson needed. He spent last season at Independence Community College in Kansas, and, since he is coming from the JUCO ranks, will be eligible to play this season for the Red Raiders. Hopefully, he makes the most of his new opportunity.