In November of 2018, Frankfort native Wan’Dale Robinson committed to Kentucky and seemed ready to take on the role of hometown hero.
However, just weeks later, the top-100 recruit had a change of heart and opted to leave his home state of Kentucky, as he would decommit and instead head west to the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
The decision seemed wise for Robinson as in two years at Nebraska, he made a total of 91 catches for 914 yards and ran for 580 yards and four scores. Despite his success in the Big Ten, Robinson opted to transfer out of Nebraska after the 2020 season and signed on to join the Wildcats two years after that change of heart.
In an interview with Curtis Burch on the UK Athletics Behind Kentucky Football Podcast, Robinson discussed why Lexington was the place for him the second time around.
“I sat down with my dad and people that are close to me and we just kind of talked at the end of the year,” Robinson told Burch. “We just felt like it was better for me to kind of hit the portal and then with my mom too, she was dealing with COVID. I definitely knew that I wanted to get closer to home and it was just a perfect fit with me coming here with the new offense and things like that.
“Then I saw the hire, so that really caught my eye with (Liam Coen, UK’s newly-hired offensive coordinator) coming from the NFL and bringing that system.
“So just being able to be closer to home and do the things I want to do to get to the next level, it was just a perfect fit.”
Robinson played both running back and receiver for the Huskers but now anticipates a return to his natural slot receiver position where he shined at Western Hills High School and was named the state’s 2018 Gatorade Player of the Year.
Hear the full interview with Robinson below: