Former Alabama running back Keilan Robinson commits to Texas

06 Jun By
College World Series
Former Alabama running back Keilan Robinson announced he plans to transfer to Texas, which will be coached in 2021 by former Bama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian (photo courtesy of rolltide.com).

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas running backs unit was bolstered Sunday evening when former Alabama running back Keilan Robinson announced on social media his intent to transfer and follow his former Bama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian to the Forty Acres.

The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Robinson entered his name into the transfer portal early last week and becomes the second member of the Crimson Tide to transfer to Texas this offseason; the first was linebacker Ben Davis, who announced his destination April 26.

Robinson opted out of the 2020 season after a freshman campaign in 2019 in which he played in eight games. He heads to Austin with three years of eligibility remaining.

During his lone season, he tallied 254 yards on 39 carries, and scored two touchdowns for the Crimson Tide. The highlight of his freshman year was a 74-yard touchdown run against New Mexico State in the second game of the season.

He returned to the team this spring, before putting his name into the transfer portal. Alabama head coach Nick Saban said of Robinson this spring that "he’s got great speed. He’s gotten bigger and stronger. He’s really playing fast."

The Washington, D.C., native was a four-star recruit in 2019. He was the nation’s No. 15 running back and 244th overall prospect that cycle, according to the 247Sports Composite. 

Riley Zayas is a high school sophomore and freelance journalist from Round Rock, Texas. He began his journalism career as a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter and has since become a regular contributor to Horns Illustrated, covering Texas Longhorn sports. His work also includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes publications, College Baseball Nation and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website. He currently serves as the Managing Editor of True To The Cru, covering UMHB athletics. Twitter: @ZayasRiley