The rumors surrounding Western Kentucky and five-star center Mitchell Robinson never seem to end, and on Friday, Hilltopper fans’ worst fears may have been realized.
Robinson is no longer on campus at Western Kentucky, according to a report from the school’s newspaper, the College Heights Herald.
Five-star recruit Mitchell Robinson is no longer on #WKU's campus. He left as soon as yesterday, a source told the Herald.— WKU Herald Sports (@wkuheraldsports) July 28, 2017
Jeff Goodman of ESPN later confirmed the report:
Western Kentucky freshman Mitchell Robinson has left campus, source told ESPN. Will be interesting to see if he is persuaded to return.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 28, 2017
It’s important to note that “no longer on WKU’s campus” does not necessarily mean Robinson has left the program. Regardless, if he has in fact left campus, it is certainly not a good sign and continues what has been an offseason of turmoil for the Hilltoppers.
Assistant coach Shammod Williams resigned earlier this month, becoming the third assistant coach to leave the program this offseason. Top-100 recruit Montez Mathis then immediately cut the program from his list of schools, citing Williams’ departure. When a report leaked soon after that Robinson was considering leaving, his mother tried to squash the rumors by telling ESPN that he remained committed.
Robinson, a consensus top-10 recruit, is the centerpiece of coach Rick Stansbury’s 2017 recruiting class. Four-star prospects Josh Anderson and Jordan Branger remain committed to the program, as well as three-stars Taveion Hollingsworth and Chris Duarte.
UPDATE: Jody Demling of WKUInsider.com says he is hearing similar rumblings about Robinson.