The trickle down effect of a crazy coaching carousel has reached the transfer portal. Virginia Tech wide receiver Tayvion Robinson is the latest impact player to enter the portal following a coaching change. As he seeks out a new home, Kentucky could be the perfect fit for Robinson.
Robinson is an All-Conference Caliber Pass-Catcher
Robinson’s departure is a shot to Brent Pry’s rebuild in Blacksburg. He led the Hokies in receiving in each of his two years on campus. He started in 30 of his 36 career games and caught 113 passes for 1,555 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns. Robinson was a PFF Freshman All-American in 2020.
This season Robinson was a Third Team All-ACC selection as a return specialist. He led the ACC in punt return yards (12.62 per return) and took one kick to the house. The kid has juice running through traffic.
Robinson has strong hands to complement those fast feet. He doesn’t even need both to catch fades in the end zone.
A 5-foot-11 pass-catcher, Robinson was a four-star prospect in the 2019 recruiting class, ranked by Rivals as the No. 17 athlete in America. Hailing from a Virginia Tech recruiting hotbed, Virginia Beach, the loss is significant for the Hokies.
Kentucky’s Wide Receiver Situation
Once a weakness, the Wildcats have recruited to make wide receiver one of the most talented positions on the team (thanks, Liam Coen). The Wildcats added three recruits in the 2021 class and currently have four committed in the 2022 class, four of which are four-star talents. They could add another before signing day too, Auburn commit Ja’Kobi Albert. Kentucky has also received a commitment from former Syracuse wide receiver Taj Harris.
There has yet to be any attrition at the position via the transfer portal and Wan’Dale Robinson’s 2022 status remains in limbo. It’s getting crowded in Scott Woodward’s meeting room.
Robinson is not the only pass-catcher Kentucky may pursue in the transfer portal. Louisville’s Jordan Watkins is also an option. Do they pick one? Do they take both? Do they push somebody out the door? Is there another option we still don’t know about? These are questions Mark Stoops gets paid the big bucks to answer.