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Wandale Robinson’s high school career ends despite huge night in eastern Kentucky

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(NOTE: Wandale Robinson later flipped his commitment to Nebraska). Four-star class of 2019 running back Wandale Robinson announces his initial college decision, choosing between UK, Alabama, Ohio State, Nebraska, Purdue and Michigan.
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(NOTE: Wandale Robinson later flipped his commitment to Nebraska). Four-star class of 2019 running back Wandale Robinson announces his initial college decision, choosing between UK, Alabama, Ohio State, Nebraska, Purdue and Michigan.

Wandale Robinson’s high school career came to an end one day after he revealed where he plans to spend his college years.

Western Hills fell, 78-74, at Lawrence County in the first round of the Class 3A KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl on Friday night. Robinson scored four touchdowns and five two-point conversions in the defeat, totaling 405 yards of offense along the way. He had nine receptions for 232 yards and two TDs and rushed 13 times for 129 yards and two scores, and also had one punt return and one kickoff return, combining for 44 yards.

“That game was probably the craziest I’ve ever played in,” Robinson wrote in a text to the Herald-Leader. “It just kept going back and forth and we just came out on the wrong end.”

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Robinson, a four-star recruit who on Thursday announced that he would sign with the University of Kentucky in the early period and enroll at UK in January, finished as the state’s second all-time leading scorer with 781 points (former Lexington Christian Academy star Dominique Hayden is first with 837). He finished his final season with 1,973 rushing yards and 30 TDs to go along with 725 receiving yards and 11 TDs. He also went 8-for-10 for 173 yards and two TD passes this season.

Trinity High School was linked to Robinson following the end of his junior season. He earlier this year confirmed that he considered transferring but instead chose to finish what he started in Frankfort.

“It was unbelievable,” Robinson said. “I wouldn’t trade my high school football career for a thing. I loved being at Western Hills. I had the opportunity to leave but decided to stay with the people I care about most. This week has been a roller coaster, trying to decide where I wanted to go on Thursday and then playing my last high school game on Friday.”

Robinson accumulated 8,554 yards rushing and receiving, combined, in his career at Western Hills, and scored 131 total career touchdowns (also second to Hayden, 138). He’s considered by many to be the frontrunner for this year’s Mr. Football award.

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