Wan’Dale Robinson, the talented All-Purpose Back out of my hometown of Frankfort, Kentucky, has finally made his way to Lexington and will suit up for the Kentucky Wildcats next fall, announcing his intentions to transfers to Kentucky.
new beginnings.. i’m home pic.twitter.com/BHc4vCAlxo— Wan’Dale Robinson (@wanda1erobinson) January 15, 2021
Robinson, who originally committed to Kentucky in the fall of 2018, was a consensus four-star recruit coming out of Western Hills High School. Robinson committed to Kentucky and Mark Stoops in November of 2018, before ultimately flipping his commitment to go to Nebraska and second-year head coach Scott Frost. Robinson was the 2018 Kentucky Mr. Football.
In his decision to transfer, Robinson said via his Twitter, that his mother had tested positive for COVID-19 towards the end of last year, leading to her being hospitalized. Robinson said his wished to be closer to his mother due to various health issues and concerns.
In his first season in Lincoln, Robinson lit the Big Ten on fire as a true-freshman, going for 453 receiving yards on 40 catches, with an additional 340 rushing yards on 88 attempts and three touchdowns. He even garnered a Big Ten Freshman of the Week award.
This past season, with Nebraska playing just eight games, Robinson went for 461 receiving yards on 51 catches and one touchdown. On the ground, Robinson rushed for 240 yards on 46 attempts with an additional touchdown.
In his two years at Nebraska, Robinson had a total of 914 receiving yards and 580 rushing yards and seven total touchdowns to go along with it.
What Kentucky is getting in the form of Robinson, is a do-it-all athlete who can excel at any position on the field and make a big play, someone that Kentucky severely lacked this past season. With new offensive coordinator Liam Coen coming in, Wan’Dale should be able to succeed in what is supposed to be a revamped, high-powered offense, regardless of who wins the quarterback battle between Beau Allen and Joey Gatewood.
Robinson has been compared to Lynn Bowden quite a lot, especially when he originally committed to Kentucky. Both Robinson and Bowden do similar things, in that they’re gifted athletes that can make a play, make tacklers miss in the backfield, and be able to churn out yards after the catch.
With Robinson coming next season, Kentucky fans should be excited about what could take place in 2021 for the football team. With multiple returning starters, two great quarterbacks battling it out in fall camp, a favorable schedule, and landing arguably one of the top transfers in the country and one of the best players in the Big Ten, Kentucky could be in store for a 2021 season that mirrors the 2018 thrill ride that we had three years ago.