By LARRY VAUGHT
He’s climbed into the top 100 rankings by some recruiting services and Tuesday received his jersey for being selected as one of only 100 players to play in the Jan. 2 All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
However, Western Hills’ star Wandale Robinson made more news Tuesday with a reported likely flip of his college commitment to Nebraska over Kentucky maybe as soon as today.
Rivals.com Justin Rowland and 247’s Steve Wiltfong both indicated a Robinson flip to Nebraska seemed likely.
However, at the same time news about Robison bailing on his commitment to UK broke, he was telling a group of media members that included the Lexington Herald’s Josh Moore, WKYT-TV’s Lee K. Howard and myself that he was solid with Kentucky. He indicated he still planned to sign with UK in two weeks, graduate early and be on the UK campus for the second semester.
“The only other school recruiting me right now is Nebraska,” Robinson said when asked how he stood with UK. “They’ve been coming at me hard, but I knew that recruiting wouldn’t stop until December 19th so I’ve just been ready for the whole process.”
A week ago I was in Frankfort when a Purdue assistant coach stopped to see Robinson a day before coach Jeff Brohm announced he was staying at Purdue rather than taking the Louisville job. Robinson told me then the only way he would not be at UK was if coach Mark Stoops and his staff left.
Robinson told me the same day he was good friends with Louisville Moore defensive end J.J. Weaver and that he would commit to UK. Two days later Weaver did.
Robinson has also been trying to get former Oregon commit Jared Casey, a linebacker from Ballard, to pick UK. His announcement is set for Thursday afternoon — the same day Robinson will be in Louisville to receive the Paul Hornung Award as the state’s top high school player from the Louisville Quarterback Club.
“We’re gonna see what Jared has to do on Thursday, and J.J. obviously committed this past Friday,” said Robinson. “Really, all the kids that they’ve really tried to get me after, I’ve went after.”
Reports surfaced that Kentucky coaches made another visit with Robinson Thursday after his jersey ceremony and his comments that he was solid with Kentucky.
Those closest to Robinson — his parents, family members, girlfriend and others — all seem in favor of him going to UK and Robinson said Tuesday his status had changed since his commitment to UK.
“I walk around just regular places and somebody recognizes me and I didn’t realize it (his commitment to UK) was that big,” Robinson said.
It was because he’s a four-star player, top 100 recruit and a potential game-breaker for Stoops and the Cats.
Will he flip? I don’t know but until he says otherwise, I am going to believe what he has told me face to face because not once in the last four months has he been anything but totally honest with me — and every other media member I know.