Could Kentucky fans have their hearts broken by Wan’Dale Robinson a second time around?
Heading into the weekend, it seemed to be a matter of ‘if,’ not ‘when’ when it came to the Nebraska star receiver putting his name in the transfer portal and ultimately committing to Kentucky. The first step of that scenario came to fruition when Robinson put his name in the portal Monday afternoon, with the former Kentucky Mr. Football adding that he wanted to “find a place closer to (his) mother and family.”
In a follow-up interview with ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, the Frankfort, KY native also noted that he wanted to go to a school that could better prepare him for the NFL.
“It was about 50-50 with my mom and how I was used at Nebraska,” Robinson said. “I loved the touches and the way I got the touches. Sometimes they don’t translate to the way I want them to for the NFL.”
Pretty good sign, right?
Rumors of a Tuesday commitment spread Monday afternoon, with that buzz soon shifting in favor of a Wednesday commitment, still expected to be Kentucky. Wednesday came and went with no sign of an imminent decision, and as we begin to look ahead to Thursday, UK’s momentum has appeared to have taken a hit.
According to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports – who previously reported Kentucky as a heavy favorite to land the dynamic pass-catcher – Purdue has now moved into the picture, with “other major programs” also throwing their hats in the ring.
“A source says Robinson was all set to move to Lexington on Jan. 19, apartment lined up and ready to go,” Wiltfong reported. “Perhaps Robinson, who is on a mini-vacation, will still move in. But he could also end up at Purdue.
‘“It’s really 50-50 now,” a source said.”
“Meanwhile other major programs are also reaching out to Robinson.”
Wiltfong added that Purdue’s offense is a “no-brainer for the style Robinson wants to play,” but made clear that Kentucky’s focus on “life after football” is one that entices the former Western Hills High School standout.
Robinson, one of the top transfers on the market, set freshman records for receptions and receiving yards at Nebraska in 2019. He followed up his impressive freshman campaign by leading the Cornhuskers in receiving in 2020. Used at running back and in the slot, he averaged 4.3 yards per carry and scored four touchdowns on the ground, while picking up three scores through the air and averaging 10 yards per catch, totaling 1,494 yards from scrimmage in two seasons.
Will Kentucky be able to hold off Purdue, along with the “other major programs” making a push?