By LARRY VAUGHT
Western Hills star Wandale Robinson, who was at Kroger Field last Saturday with his father to watch UK beat Murray State, has explosive speed that allows him to make big plays at any time.
But Western Hills coach Don Miller said it is more than just straight-ahead speed that makes him special.
“The biggest thing is his lateral speed and the way he can just cut on a dime,” Miller said. “He has great vision. He is very versatile running laterally and his straight ahead speed is amazing. He has such a great football IQ that we can move him around. He’s even played some fullback. We can put him in different positions and that makes it harder for the defense to focus all the attention on him.”
Robinson has not let the recruiting attention overwhelm him. During the summer he went to Ohio State to meet with the coaches, drove to Florida State and came back through Alabama where Miller said he “held his own” with others also on the Alabama campus. He’s back at Alabama this weekend for an official visit. He’s already made an official visit to Nebraska and earlier this week told the Herald-Leader’s Ben Roberts that Nebraska is his current leader.
“Recruiting has not changed him. The best thing about him is when a coach comes in Wandale always has a smile on his face,” Miller said. “It doesn’t matter who the coach is, he has that same smile and personality. He has listened to every coach the same way and shown every coach the same respect.”
Kentucky started selling Robinson on what playing for Kentucky could mean to him for years. At first it was offensive line coach John Schlarman selling the message. Then Stoops and recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow became UK’s lead recruiters with him.
“They are telling him not to look at just four years at Kentucky but to look at the opportunities he would have after playing at Kentucky,” Miller said.
Several top-in state players have gone to out of state schools in recent years. Several of the state’s top-ranked high school football players have already verbally committed to out of state schools this year.
“I don’t think it is because Kentucky is doing anything wrong,” Miller said. “I think as a whole, the Kentucky football program has really stepped up.”
He noted that in Western Hills’ district that UK has offered Lexington Catholic junior quarterback Beau Allen and Boyle County junior cornerback/running back Landen Bartleson along with Robinson.
Robinson could make his college choice in October but he’s already working to make sure he can graduate in December so he can enroll in college in January.
“I love the kid and wish him the best. There’s not going to be a wrong choice for him and somebody is going to get a great player and great kid,” Miller said.