Wan'dale Robinson discusses his decision to transfer to Kentucky
This wasn’t the original path Kentucky had for Wan’dale Robinson but the Wildcat coaching staff will take the playmaker any way they can get him.
Once a Kentucky commit and the state’s top-ranked prospect, Robinson flipped his pledge and signed with Scott Frost’s Nebraska program. But after two seasons with the Cornhuskers, Robinson made the decision to transfer to Kentucky this offseason.
Robinson’s return to the state could not have come at a better time, as the Wildcats are in need of playmakers if the new offense being installed by coordinator Liam Coen is going to take off in 2021.
During his two seasons at Nebraska, Robinson racked up 1,494 yards of total offense and seven touchdowns after signing with the Cornhuskers after being rated as the No. 1 prospect from Kentucky during the 2019 recruiting cycle.
However, following his impressive start at Nebraska, the versatile athlete was in need of a change of scenery following his sophomore season and not long after entering the NCAA transfer portal, Robinson signed with Kentucky.
During a recent interview with Behind Kentucky Football Podcast, Robinson shared why a return to his home state made the most sense.
“Really that was me and my dad and a couple of other people started talking,” Robinson said on the show. “And then I saw the hire of Liam and that really caught my eye with him coming from the NFL and bringing that system (to Lexington). So just being able to come home, be closer to home and then be able to do the things that I want to do to get to the next level. So, it was just the perfect fit.”
Robinson was then asked to share the message the Wildcat coaching staff shared with him following his decision to enter the transfer portal.
“They just told me, ‘You know how we feel about you. It’s still the same thing since high school. We don’t feel bad about you, don’t feel mad at you for going where you went but we will welcome you back with open arms.’ I was just happy to know that,” he shared. “Once I knew that, I felt like I could go back and nothing was going to be different as if I would have went there my freshman year.”