Auburn’s left tackle stayed true to his word, announcing Tuesday that he would give up the final two seasons of his college career for a shot at the pros.
Robinson revealed the decision on his personal Twitter account.
“This was a tough decision but I have decided to declare for the NFL Draft,” the third-year sophomore tweeted before thanking Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and offensive line coach J.B. Grimes in a follow-up tweet. “I am so thankful ... for everything they have done leading us to a memorable season.”
Malzahn was every bit as complimentary of Robinson’s contributions to the Tigers’ 2013 campaign, which saw them finish 12-2, capture an SEC title and fall just short of winning the national championship Monday night, bested by Florida State 34-31.
“Greg played a big part in our success this season and I appreciate everything he did as an Auburn Tiger during his career,” Malzahn said. “He has a bright future ahead of him at the next level and we wish him nothing but the best.”
The Thibodaux, La., native — who is projected as a likely first-round pick in May’s draft — sent out one final tweet expressing his gratitude to others who made his three years in Auburn an enjoyable one.
“I want to thank my teammates and I love them all,” he said, “Also thank you Auburn Family, the best fans in college football.”
Robinson wasn’t the only offensive lineman who cleared the air about his future following Monday night’s loss.
Starting center Reese Dismukes is reportedly set to return for his senior season.
“I’m coming back,” Dismukes told AL.com Monday night. “There’s really no decision.”
The same can’t be said for Tre Mason.
Still reeling after the narrow defeat to the Seminoles, Mason was not in the mood to talk about much of anything Monday night.
That included the NFL Draft.
The junior, who ran for 195 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries — and scored another time on a 12-yard touchdown catch — set Auburn’s single-season school rushing record in the defeat. Mason finished with 1,816 yards this season, topping Bo Jackson’s total of 1,786 that had stood since 1985. Establishing that mark was one of the Florida native’s numerous accomplishments in 2013.
It meant nothing following the loss, though.
When asked about where he stood on deciding for the draft, Mason was unable to bring himself to shed any insight.
“Emotions are everywhere right now. That’s not really what’s going through my head right now,” he said. “Right now I just feel like I let the whole Auburn family down by not finishing. That decision will probably come later on, but right now I’m not thinking of that.”
The junior has filed for a draft evaluation from the NFL to receive feedback on where he may get selected should he depart Auburn one year early.
The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is Jan. 15.