H.S. FOOTBALL | Western Hills Star Discusses Recruitment

10/10/2017 11:59 AM

Last week the Western Hills Wolverines took a loss at Lexington Catholic, but a bright spot for them- their star running back Wandale Robinson accounted for seven total touchdowns: five rushing, one receiving and one 96-yard kickoff return. He accounted for 563 all-purpose yards, while Lex Cath as a team had 612.

“I mean he’s dynamic. You see all the, you know, highlights and stuff and he’s just a special kid. Like I’ve told other ones, you know, he has a great I.Q. for football and is able to communicate to the coaching staff and explain, you know, what’s going on, what he sees and what we can, you know, do next on the next series,” said Head Coach Don Miller.

Robinson, a junior, is shaping up to be one of the most sought-after players in the state for the 2019 class.

“June second is when I got my first offer and then they just started rolling in,” Robinson said.

Virginia was his first offer. He now holds eight division-one offers including Duke, Purdue, WKU and Cincinnati, but he says the UK and Louisville offers mean a little more.

“It means a lot. Especially that they’re taking consideration, they’re taking pride in the in-state kids that are good. I mean, I’d love to play for either one of them,” Robinson added.

For Western Hills, Robinson is an all-purpose back and plays in the secondary, but he is being recruited as a slot receiver.

“If you look at my film, a lot of it is running back. I get the ball like handed off to me, so I go to the camps as a slot receiver and then they see I can run routes and do that type of stuff,” Robinson told Spectrum News.

College coaches aren’t the only ones checking out his film- their opponents have to game plan for the three-star athlete.

“Last year I got double-teamed. This year I’m getting double and tripe-teamed,” Robinson said.

Being heavily recruited has it’s perks, but as Robinson has learned, it can have a downside as well.

“I know I’m getting the attention and I know I’m going to go play college football and the downside of it is people. Some like Twitter accounts, they’ll tweet at you and they’re harsh. And some of them are like ‘If you don’t come to my school, we’re going to do this’ and it gets a little hectic,” Robinson said

Off the field he strives to be a role model. If you ask him something people may not know about him, it comes back to the next generation of football stars.

“I like to help kids. A lot of kids, they ask me to come watch their games and I like to help them out,” Robinson said.

He wants to commit before his senior season, but doesn’t know when he will be ready to narrow his list down since the offers are still rolling in.

Robinson and the Wolverines are preparing to face off with Garrard County at home on Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. eastern. They currently have a 5-2 record (2-1 district, 0-1 region).

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Lyndsey Gough

Lyndsey is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News. You can catch Lyndsey’s work on Sports Night, the only nightly show dedicated to covering everything from high school to college sports in Kentucky. She loves covering all sports but it’s the personal stories that really stand out to Lyndsey, like the story of a community coming together to remember high school track start Trinity Gay who was killed. Lyndsey came to Spectrum News from WBKO in Bowling Green where she was an Anchor, Reporter and Producer covering news and sports. She’s a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of UK. Sports Night airs at 6:30 and 10:30 weeknights on Spectrum News. If you have a story idea for Lyndsey email her at Lyndsey.gough@charter.com.

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