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Alabama’s offer to Wandale Robinson shows emphasis schools are putting on speed

Wandale Robinson

By LARRY VAUGHT

Western Hills star Wandale Robinson now has 19 major scholarship offers, including Ohio State and Kentucky. But the recent one from Alabama is a head-turner for a lot of reasons and shows what running the 40-yard dash in 4.22 seconds as Robinson did at a combine in February can do.

“That offer is really a huge thing for any player,” Western Hills coach Don Miller said. “Alabama is the top program across the United States when it comes to college football. It was just another really special offer for him to put with the other offers he has.”

Justin Rowland, publisher of CatsIllustrated.com for Rivals, admits he didn’t think Robinson would end up with such lofty offers when his recruitment started. But few did since he was not even the top-rated recruit in Kentucky.

“That’s no knock on him. You just figure Alabama and Ohio State are going to mostly focus on national guys who people have known about for years,” Rowland said.

“Robinson’s offers from those schools are a sign that the sport is about speed more than ever. He’s in the most elite company when it comes to making things happen with the ball, size aside, and that counts for a lot these days.”

Robinson originally planned to make his college choice before his senior season started. That’s probably going to change now since both Alabama and Ohio State want him to make an official visit during the season.

“He’s going to have a tough decision and with the Alabama and Ohio State offers, it’s going to push back the decision date,” the Western Hills coach said.

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