BY LARRY VAUGHT
Wandale Robinson, the state’s leading scorer, will make his college choice Thursday and will pick either Ohio State, Nebraska, Alabama, Purdue, Michigan or Kentucky.
Obviously, each school has told the Western Hills standout how he could benefit by picking them.
“We look at the offense at each school and what the school has coming in and look at how previous players have done in the offense,” Dale Robinson, Wandale’s father, said. “We have got to do our job. We just can’t listen to what every coach tells us and not do our own research. This is a big decision and you want to make sure you consider everything.”
Western Hills opens the Class AAA playoffs at Lawrence County Nov. 2.
Robinson has averaged 10 yards per run and has 1,655 yards and 26 touchdowns this season. He’s completed eight of 10 passes for 173 yards — 21.5 yards per completion — and caught 19 passes for 462 yards — 23 yards per catch — and nine scores. He also has two kick returns for touchdowns, one interception for another touchdown and a fumble return for a score. He leads the state with 238 points. If that’s not enough, he has a team-high 94 tackles.
Last week in a 25-18 win over Harrison County he scored on a 62-yard run, a 44-yard fumble return, 88-yard reception and 7-yard game-winning reception.
ESPN and Rivals.com have Robinson as a top-40 athlete in the country while 247Sports rates him as the NO. 4 all-purpose back in the 2019 recruiting class.
Dale Robinson says “immediate playing time” will be a factor in his son’s college choice. Wandale Robinson will graduate in December and start college in January.
“Now top freshmen want to make an impact, not redshirt,” Dale Robinson said. “At any of his six schools, he could make an impact right away. Kick returner, punt returner, every down player. He might have to rotate (with other players) but he can do what he wants. He’s worked to be ready for this opportunity.”
Wandale Robinson made it clear early that his college choice would not be based on location.
“Distance is not a factor,” Dale Robinson said. “Let’s say he goes close to home and then is not happy. I want him to be happy no matter where he goes. You can’t put a distance or price on happiness. He has to do what he thinks is best for him and will make him happy. No one else can tell him what that is.”
How good is Robinson?
Boyle County coach Chuck Smith, a former UK player and assistant coach, says Robinson is the best high school player he’s seen play.
“Great balance, great vision, very explosive, great speed,” Smith said about what makes Robinson special. “When he runs the ball he runs with the mentality that he is not trying to gain yards. He is running to score a touchdown every time he touches the ball.
“He has gotten thicker and stronger the last two years, but he has always been special. I believe he will be great at the college level and if he gets the right fit, he can be a star player.”
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