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Wan’Dale Robinson ranked as the No. 5 college football transfer in 2021

(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)


(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

The Kentucky football team got a gem from the transfer portal.

The Big Blue Nation has been well-acquainted with former Kentucky Mr. Football Wan’Dale Robinson since he rose to stardom at Western Hills High School in Frankfort. Since leaving for the plains of Lincoln, he’s been a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award in back-to-back years as one of college football’s most versatile weapons.

When Robinson entered his name into the transfer portal, it turned heads in the college football world. Everyone quickly acknowledged Robinson was one of the best available players on the market. Now that the dust has seemingly settled, 247 Sports has ranked every player that entered the transfer portal this offseason. Robinson ranks No. 5 and is the second-ranked pass-catcher, trailing only former five-star tight end Arik Gilbert, who left LSU for Florida.

Robinson made an immediate impact at Nebraska upon arrival in 2019. Then he blossomed into a playmaking star in 2020, catching 51 passes for 461 yards in eight games to go along with 240 yards on 5.2 ypc. In many ways, Robinson was the focal point of an often sputtering Nebraska offense. That versatility will be utilized in much the same way in Lexington, where the Wildcats are hoping Robinson can provide a spark for an offense that ranked 95th nationally last year in yards per play. Robinson isn’t the same player as Lynn Bowden — don’t expect him to take snaps at QB — but he provides instant offense in much the same way.

Wan’Dale was one of the best playmakers in the Big Ten, despite being grossly misused at Nebraska. His athleticism is unrivaled. Grab your popcorn and prepare to watch Wan’Dale do work at Kroger Field this fall.

[247 Sports: 2021 Transfer Portal Rankings]

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for Wan’Dale Robinson ranked as the No. 5 college football transfer in 2021

  1. UKinIN
    2:47 pm February 22, 2021 Permalink

    Five of the Top Seven transfers went to SEC schools (Assuming the UT LB does end up at Alabama.) The other two went to Oklahoma.

  2. sgd
    3:55 pm February 22, 2021 Permalink

    I would have thought that Nick could have said where the other transfers we got ranked. Lot of the readers seem to be really enamored with the QB and the 6ft 6 receiver. Are the rest of them so far down the list that we don’t want to say?

    • The Big Lebowski
      9:11 pm February 22, 2021 Permalink

      Maybe it’s because the piece was about this kid AND…he provided a link to the rankings.

    • sgd
      10:27 pm February 22, 2021 Permalink

      The link only gives the top 50 and Robinson is the only listed for the cats

  3. zoupman
    7:01 pm February 22, 2021 Permalink

    We shall see. Xavier Peters was ranked very high also.

  4. makeitstop
    10:50 am February 23, 2021 Permalink

    Actually, we got 2 of the top 10 wide receivers transferring, the other being Morgan #10. We got the #4 defensive end (Dingle) and the #14 ILB. The QB is ranked about 20th PRO style, which is about where Terry was DUAL, so basically a straight trade: big kid w/ big arm for Terry, a good runner until first contact with little accuracy. Every one of these positions seems like an upgrade in talent (WR) or at least a good add (SDE/ILB/QB). Love to see a back-up center come – that position scares me depth-wise. The kid from Vandy is good, and a former HS Army AA like Drake.