Wandale Robinson

Wandale Robinson scored 45 total touchdowns during his senior season.

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Wandale Robinson

5-9, 179, RB

Frankfort (Ky.) Western Hills High School

247Sports composite: 4 stars (No. 156 nationally)

Rivals: 4 stars (No. 98)

ESPN: 4 stars

Other key offers: Kentucky, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Purdue

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How he got here: Robinson fell in love with Nebraska after he visited for the canceled opener and later became a silent commit until the night before his scheduled Nov. 1 announcement. A misunderstanding with Husker coaches over his role in the offense led him to shift course to nearby Kentucky, though NU never stopped recruiting him and eventually flipped him back Dec. 5 after multiple in-home visits. The all-purpose back had his pick of college powers after a stellar prep career. His senior year, he rushed for 1,973 yards (9.6 per carry) and 30 touchdowns while making 31 catches for 725 and 11 scores. He accounted for 45 total touchdowns in 11 games and was his team’s best defender with 119 tackles.

Our take: If Nebraska is going to be a national player, it has to win national recruiting battles. It did so with Robinson, a dynamic talent in the mold of current Husker Maurice Washington. In addition to straight-line speed, Robinson adds a rare combination of lateral quickness and field vision that should allow him to see the field quickly. 

Frost’s offense runs best with a deep reserve of versatile athletes who are big-play threats every time they touch the ball. Robinson is that, both out of the backfield and lined up in various passing formations.

To draw such a talent from an SEC state further underscores how recruits perceive Nebraska’s future.

They said it: “He’s not one of those that’s just going to just go get a couple yards. He’s one of those kids who wants to score as soon as he gets the ball in his hands. Third-and-3, he’s not looking to get the first down — he wants to take it to the house.” — Western Hills coach Don Miller

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