"I've known Jovon since we were in the sixth grade," Mitchell said. "He's going to listen to me and Daniel, to what we're saying. He's going to come along, trust me."
Although Robinson verbally committed to Auburn last month, there is skepticism around the tailback ever putting on an Auburn uniform as the Tigers' returning starter Michael Dyer will be just a sophomore next season.
Auburn also took three highly-rated running backs in its 2011 recruiting class.
If immediate playing time means anything to Robinson, Mitchell and Hurd believe he'll end up switching for his hometown university.
"I give him until the middle of our season (before he changes his mind)," Mitchell said. "Just watch. Every time I see him — I'm going to be calling his phone, ‘Jovon, Memphis is where it's at, you need to come on.'"
Robinson is ranked the No. 16 running back in the 2012 class by Scout.
Mitchell said he talked to Robinson about the idea of playing at the U of M a few days ago at a Wooddale practice. And until Robinson pops for the hometown Tigers, Mitchell said he won't relent.
"I put him in a headlock and I was like, ‘Memphis is where it's at. You need to come on,'" Mitchell said. "He was trying to get away, but I wasn't going to let him. I had that lock on him."
No doubt Memphis fans are hoping U of M coach Larry Porter does the same and makes sure Robinson doesn't get away from what's shaping up to be a special 2012 recruiting class for the Tigers.