One of the Commonwealth’s brightest young stars will announce where he will attend college this afternoon. Will he stay home and be a hero, or take his talents elsewhere?
Wandale Robinson is a consensus four-star prospect, an Adidas All-American and the frontrunner for Mr. Football. A versatile athlete that can do whatever you ask out of the backfield, Robinson has gained over 2,000 yards and scored 41 total touchdowns in his senior season at Western Hills High School.
Last Spring, Vince Marrow and Kentucky were in the driver’s seat. That all changed over the last month as Nebraska emerged as the leader over the Cats, Ohio State, Purdue, Michigan and Alabama.
On the eve of Robinson’s commitment, recruiting analysts started the day believing Robinson would be a Cornhusker. Something changed yesterday afternoon. A few recruiting writers shared the “don’t be surprised if he picks Kentucky” sentiment, while one particularly plugged in prognosticator, 247’s Steve Wiltfong, flipped his prediction to Kentucky.
The developments over the last 24 hours should give Kentucky fans some optimism. If he does in fact choose Kentucky, it will be a recruiting coup for the Cats. Despite the last-minute buzz, Nebraska might have put themselves in a can’t lose situation. My gut is telling me to ignore the late-breaking developments, simply to save myself from potential disappointment.
We’ll ultimately learn Robinson’s fate this afternoon around 2:30. KSR will have coverage from the announcement at Western Hills High School with a (fingers crossed) live stream from the KSR Facebook page.
UK Volleyball DOMINATES
In a battle between the SEC’s two top teams, Kentucky left the Memorial Coliseum court victorious. To be frank, the Cats kicked Florida’s ass. Craig Skinner’s 12th-ranked team swept the No. 11 Gators without breaking a sweat (25-15, 25-18, 25-20). UK has now won 14 in a row to take a two-match lead in the SEC standings with just seven games left in the regular season.
The volleyball win was the first of four high-stakes matchups for Kentucky athletic programs over the next week. Tomorrow night Kentucky will host Old Dominion in men’s soccer. The winner will claim the C-USA regular season title. The football team will play for an SEC East title on Saturday before the basketball team is showcased in the Champions’ Classic against Duke.
Grip It and Rip It with Rome
Kentucky’s national media blitz continued yesterday when Terry Wilson hopped on the CBS Sports Network with Jim Rome. Rome couldn’t help but crack a smile when Terry told him, “I felt like when I was out there, I was just letting it rip.” Wilson also revealed the name of CJ’s game-winning play, “grip.”
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) October 31, 2018
Mark Stoops Speaks
It’s been a crazy week of media for the Kentucky football program. That will all die down after Stoops meets with the media this afternoon for a brief talking session. We’ll get a few injury updates before the Cats take on Georgia. If you missed anything from practice this week, check out what the offense and defense said.
Win Kentucky-Georgia Tickets at KSBar
Our weekly Thursday Night Football special at KSBar has extra juice this week. If you pick the winner of the Raiders-49ers game, you can win ten free wings AND lower-level tickets to Kroger Field. Choose wisely.
Halloween was Fun
Actually, it was quite rainy across the Commonwealth. Unfortunately, I didn’t even get an opportunity to dress up this year, so the closest thing I got to celebrating Halloween was watching a raccoon get after an LEX18 reporter and hearing Mike Leach’s thoughts on the holiday.
***MIKE LEACH HALLOWEEN THOUGHTS SUPER CUT***
(And yes, the stripper costume quote is on here) pic.twitter.com/fLnx5KoCPB
— Brenna Greene (@BrennaGreene_) October 29, 2018
There is good news. Now that Halloween is over, it is officially Christmas music season. I know there are plenty of Scrooges out there who are saying, “wait till Thanksgiving!” I enjoy Thanksgiving more than most, but that doesn’t mean I have to wait another month to listen to music’s best genre. You don’t need to update your presets to the Christmas music station, just listen to A Very Merry Roushmas on Spotify and I promise you will not be disappointed.