Kentucky native Wandale Robinson has been watched by colleges nationwide for some time now.
Robinson is a 5-9, 170-pound all purpose back from Frankfort, KY and is a 4-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals.
Robinson has offers from a host of big-name schools, including the Ohio State Buckeyes, Michigan Wolverines and Alabama Crimson Tide. But ahead of his decision, the belief is Kentucky, Ohio State and Nebraska have separated from the pack.
It’s hard to go against staying home to play for Kentucky or leaving to play for a perennial powerhouse like Ohio State, but it’s actually the Cornhuskers who are surging in this recruitment.
The 247 Sports crystal ball predictors have Nebraska with the highest percentage to land the electric back with 50%, including predictions from recruiting gurus Bill Greene and Steve Wiltfong.
Ohio State is the next closest with 40%, and then Duke with 5%. Even more bad news for Wildcats fans: CatsPause writer Josh Edwards is picking Nebraska for the Kentucky native. It’s one thing that the writers for Nebraska have picked that school for him, but it’s always significant when a guy covering one team picks another school.
For Kentucky it seems that the likelihood of obtaining the home-grown back is very low. But when you have talent right in your own backyard, you want them to be a part of your team. That’s exactly how Kentucky feels about this prospect. Robinson brings so much to the table with his speed, athleticism, and hands.
In 2017, he rushed for 2,330 yard and 33 rushing touchdowns. He matched that with 25 receptions for 343 yards and six scores. His speed was a main reason he was chosen to be in the All-American Bowl. He ran a 4.27 in the shuttle drill and he showed his leaping ability with a 34.8 vertical.
The Kentucky Wildcats football team is currently ranked 34th for the 2019 recruiting season, which is three spots higher than where the football team ranked last season. If the Wildcats were able to get a recruit in the backfield the caliber of Robinson it would be huge.
Most everyone expects Benny Snell Jr. to head to the NFL draft after this season, so the team is going to have a major hole to fill in the backfield. Robinson might have the skill to fill some of that hole especially being paired next to AJ Rose.
Robinson will be making his recruitment decision Thursday at 2:30 in his high school gymnasium.