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Wandale Robinson

Western Hills' Wandale Robinson (1) is a prolific running back recruit from Kentucky.

Nebraska’s coaching staff took a family road trip to Kentucky on Monday, and just about everybody was invited.

Husker coach Scott Frost and at least seven of NU’s 10 assistants hopped on the jet in Lincoln and made for Frankfort, Kentucky to see their most recent verbal commit, running back Wandale Robinson.

Along with Frost on the visit were offensive coordinator Troy Walters and running backs coach Ryan Held -- Robinson's two main recruiters -- offensive line coach Greg Austin, tight ends coach Sean Beckton, defensive line coach Mike Dawson, linebackers coaches Jovan Dewitt and Barrett Ruud. 

It’s the first the Nebraska coaches have been by to see Robinson since he flipped his commitment from in-state Kentucky to NU on Wednesday and the last time they will see him before he wraps up high school and signs his National Letter of Intent on Dec. 19.

It won’t be long until the group is re-united, though, as Robinson is enrolling at Nebraska in January and will be on campus shortly after New Year’s Day.

Typically, assistants spread out this time of year in order to cover the most ground possible, but it’s clear the Husker staff felt a celebration was in order for Robinson, who originally settled on NU but flipped to Kentucky the night before a Nov. 1 ceremony at his school before wavering and eventually choosing the Huskers again on Dec. 5.

The staff will spread out after visiting Robinson, heading south to Georgia and Florida and assuredly more locations as the final week of the contact period moves along.

Stretch run: Nebraska begins the week with 22 verbal commitments and a whole lot of moving pieces still on the recruiting board.

Not all of them will be put in place by the time the final week of travel and final weekend of visitors — for now — is over, but at least a few will crystallize between now and National Signing Day on Dec. 19.

How much is settled in the next nine days and how much carries over into January, though, remains to be seen. The Huskers have up to eight spots to fill and have targets at positions across the board that have visited or could visit.

Among the groups that’s seen the most recent activity is wide receiver. NU, of course, got a verbal commitment last week from Kentucky standout Robinson, who the coaching staff envisions lining up all over and filling a number of roles, who joined Jamie Nance (Blanchard, Oklahoma) and Darien Chase (Vancouver, Washington) at that spot.

NU still appears to be actively pursuing more options, too. On Sunday, the Huskers offered Charles Njoku (Wayne, New Jersey). The younger brother of NFL tight end David Njoku, Charles is listed at 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds and is a different body type than anybody the Huskers have committed this cycle. Really, he’s different than anybody on the roster, especially now that freshman Justin McGriff announced he's transferring.

Njoku, who had more than 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns during his senior season, was committed to Missouri until late November, but is now considering his options. Look for NU to try to get him on campus in January. He is considered a four-star prospect by Rivals and a three-star prospect by 247Sports and the 247Sports composite ranking.

It will be interesting to see if they can get a January visit, too, from recent Texas decommit Demariyon Houston (Oklahoma City). He visited Minnesota last weekend.

Throw in the possibility of exploring the transfer market — graduate, junior college or otherwise — and there would seem to be plenty of action remaining at receiver over the next few weeks.

Wallace picking up more interest: There's still plenty to sort out in the secondary, too. 

The Huskers hosted Tony Wallace (Independence (Kan.) C.C.) earlier in December. Wallace visited Minnesota last weekend and picked up an offer from TCU on Sunday.

Elsewhere, four-star Noa Pola-Gates isn’t expected to announce his decision until Jan. 19 at the Polynesian Bowl, but he’s the kind of player NU would gladly take regardless of when he decides.

The Huskers also have other defensive back prospects who they’ve hosted on visits during the season like Jamel Starks (Decatur, Georgia) and Tavian Mayo (Leesburg, Georgia).

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (School) Stars
Matthew Anderson OT 6-7 250 Leesville, La. ***
Brant Banks DL 6-8 285 Houston (Westbury Christian) ***
Bryce Benhart OT 6-9 305 Lakeville, Minn. (North) ****
Desmond Bland OL 6-4 300 Flossmoor, Ill. (Arizona Western C.C.) ****
Darien Chase WR 6-1 175 Vancouver, Wash. (Union) ****
Myles Farmer DB 6-3 180 Atlanta (Westlake) ***
Jimmy Fritzsche OL 6-7 250 Greenville, S.C. ***
Jamin Graham OLB 6-6 240 Attalla, Ala. (Etowah) ***
Jackson Hannah ILB 6-3 220 Nashville, Tenn. (Montgomery Bell) ****
Nick Henrich ILB 6-4 210 Omaha (Burke) ****
Chris Hickman TE 6-5 220 Omaha (Burke) ***
Rahmir Johnson RB 5-10 170 Oradell, N.J. (Bergen Catholic) ****
Michael Lynn OT 6-7 300 Englewood, Colo. (Cherry Creek) ***
Luke McCaffrey QB 6-3 185 Littleton, Colo. (Valor Christian) ***
Dedrick Mills RB 5-10 227 Waycross, Ga. (Garden City C.C.) ***
Jamie Nance WR 6-0 170 Blanchard, Okla. ***
Garrett Nelson OLB 6-3 235 Scottsbluff ***
Mosai Newsom DE 6-5 260 Waverly, Iowa (Waverly-Shell Rock) ***
Quinton Newsome DB 6-2 180 Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett) ***
Ethan Piper DL 6-4 275 Norfolk (Catholic) ***
Ty Robinson DE 6-6 285 Gilbert, Ariz. (Higley) ****
Wandale Robinson RB 5-9 180 Frankfort, Ky. (Western Hills) ****
Garrett Snodgrass ATH 6-3 225 York ***
Ronald Thompkins RB 6-0 203 Loganville, Ga. (Grayson) ***
Javin Wright DB 6-3 195 Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton) ***

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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