Wan'Dale Robinson was the consensus top player in Kentucky as a senior at Western Hills High School in Frankfort, winning the Paul Hornung Award in addition to being named Kentucky’s Mr. Football and the Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year. A standout all-purpose back, Robinson looks to become Nebraska’s first-ever letterwinner from Kentucky. In addition to his state honors, Robinson is named one of five finalists for the 2019 All-American Bowl Player-of-the-Year award, which is presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding high school senior.
In his illustrious career, Robinson totaled 8,582 yards from scrimmage with 118 offensive touchdowns. On the ground, he gained 6,795 yards, averaging more than 11 yards per carry while scoring 97 rushing touchdowns. He was also a threat in the receiving game, catching 102 passes in his career for 1,787 yards and 21 touchdowns. Robinson totaled 781 career points which ranks No. 2 all-time in Kentucky history.
As a senior in 2018, Robinson rushed for 1,973 yards and 30 touchdowns while catching 31 passes for 725 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also returned a pair of punts, one interception and one fumble for a touchdown, accounting for 45 touchdowns in 11 games. Robinson also threw a pair of touchdown passes. Defensively, Robinson had 113 tackles, including 12 TFLs and one sack. He also had three interceptions, broke up five passes, forced six fumbles and had one fumble recovery. Robinson was also a threat in the return game, returning five kickoffs for 111 yards and six punts for 170 yards and two touchdowns.
Robinson rushed for 2,330 yards and 33 touchdowns as a junior in 2017, when he also caught 25 passes for 343 yards and six scores. He also rushed for 2,000 yards as a sophomore, gaining 2,014 yards with 28 scores and adding 22 receptions for 434 yards and three touchdowns. Robinson also contributed as a freshman, rushing for 478 yards and six touchdowns while catching 24 passes for 285 yards and one score.
A consensus four-star recruit, Robinson is regarded as the nation’s No. 2 all-purpose back in the 247 Sports Composite rankings. He was ranked as the nation’s No. 61 player by Rivals and No. 117 by 247 Sports, which also regarded Robinson as the top player in Kentucky. Robinson, who was selected to play in the 2019 Army All-America Bowl, chose Nebraska over Kentucky, and he also visited Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State and Purdue.