2021 has been very kind to the Kentucky Wildcats thus far.
Between the football team’s Gator Bowl win over NC State, the women’s basketball team winning consecutive games vs. top-15 teams, and the emergence of the men’s basketball team after a 1-6 start, it’s been a great 10 days to kick off the new year in Lexington.
Will the good times continue on the recruiting trail?
Over the last week, there’s been a lot of buzz that Kentucky could land West Virginia transfer Oscar Tshiebwe, who is in the transfer portal and has the Cats among his four finalists.
On Saturday, Stadium writer Jeff Goodman reported that Tshiebwe was trending toward Kentucky.
Now, 247 Sports recruiting guru Andrew Slater is also predicting Tshiebwe to finally become a Wildcat.
Tshiebwe, a former five-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American in the Class of 2019, originally committed to West Virginia over Kentucky. But after a very promising freshman season, Tshiebwe got off to a rough start this season before opting to enter the portal. NC State, Miami and Illinois are also in the hunt for the man ESPN ranked 10th among all college basketball players coming into the 2020-21 season.
It goes without saying this would be a huge get for the basketball Cats if it happens. Could the football Cats also land a big-time transfer?
In recent days, there’s been a lot of speculation that Wan’Dale Robinson could be leaving Nebraska to enter the portal. Then on Saturday, 247 Sports football recruiting expert Steve Wiltfong reported that Robinson is expected to enter the portal.
If that comes to pass, then Kentucky figures to be among the top suitors after finishing in second place when he was a highly-touted Class of 2019 recruit. As a true freshman at Nebraska, Robinson accounted for 1,015 all-purpose yards and five scores in 10 games while being named a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award, which Lynn Bowden ended up winning.
This past season, Robinson accounted for 701 all-purpose yards and two scores in eight games. He would easily be one of Kentucky’s top offensive weapons if he makes it to Lexington.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Robinson isn’t even in the portal yet, so until that happens, Robinson in a Kentucky uniform is just a fun dream.