LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) Saying he got overwhelmed by the pressure of outside influences and trying to please everyone, Wandale Robinson is officially de-committing from Kentucky and will now be a Nebraska Cornhusker.
"The whole time I was committed to Kentucky I still had Nebraska in the back of my mind," Robinson tells Dave Lackford of Rivals.com.
Rumors of a flip in his decision to go to UK began to surface shortly after receiving his All-America jersey at Western Hills High School Tuesday afternoon.
Via twitter, Robinson said his heart was never in a decision to stay at home (Kentucky) and so UK’s biggest 2019 recruit is off the board.
Robinson admitted to WKYT, his initial decision came down to Nebraska and Kentucky and that the Cornhuskers never stopped recruiting him despite his verbal to UK.
On his twitter account, @robinson_era, the Kentucky Mr. Football candidate praised the UK coaching staff. “Coach Stoops, Coach Marrow, Coach Gran, Coach Smith, The University of Kentucky, and the entire UK fan base, I can’t thank you enough for the support you’ve given me throughout the whole process. I regret that things happened the way they did. It was never my intention to hurt or mislead anyone or play any sort of “game”. I am grateful for the opportunities UK offered and have the utmost respect for the entire program and University.”
The perplexing issue here is Robinson was helping the UK staff recruit other players to Kentucky such as Jared Casey of Moore HS who de-committed from Oregon last week and J.J. Weaver who also said a week ago he would be coming to Lexington.
This is what Robinson told our partners at the Lexington Herald Leader. “All the kids that they’ve (UK coaches/players) really tried to get me after, I’ve went after.”
Robinson is the winner of the inaugural Robinson Kentucky Football Coaches Association Mr. Football award and will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl
In a tweet, Robinson said his "recruitment is completely shut down."