It’s really getting difficult to keep up with all of Kentucky’s commitments. There was a slew that came in this past weekend, and then another one rolls in today in Georgia athlete Stanley “BOOM” Williams.
While rivals and many other recruiting databases lost Williams as a running back or all-purpose back, he is probably more of an “athlete” when it comes down to it. At 5’8 and 180 pounds, Williams has speed to burn and was actually the state champion in the 100 meter dash in Georgia. He is versatile enough to play running back or receiver and is likely to spend extended time in the slot in Kentucky’s Air Raid offense. As a completely different type of athlete than current running back commitment Mikel Horton, Williams is exactly the type of complimentary player that Stoops and his staff were looking for in this offense. Rather than lining up exclusively in the backfield, expect to see Williams taking reverses, lining up and running routes, and taking as many screens as the coaches can get him. With the type of Blistering speed he possesses, Williams in one of the most highly sought players in the country. He is listed as the country’s #1 all-purpose back and the #96 overall player in the country by rivals and the #16 overall running back in the country by ESPN. Williams chose the Wildcats over offers from a slew of the country’s top programs. Here is his offer list according to ESPN.
After Williams’ commitment, the Wildcats now have the number three recruiting class in the country according to rivals. Junior College linebacker Ryan Flanagan has yet to be rated (although he should be at least a three-star if not a four) and once he is, Kentucky could have the number one ranked class in the country. Kentucky is currently ranked only behind Texas A&M and Tennessee at the time of this post. Kentucky is ranked ahead of Texas, Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, LSU, Florida, Georgia, and every other school in the country. Let that sink in for a moment.
Now, consider that Kentucky is still in on several four-star players. Just the receiver targets alone include players like Artavis Scott, Braxton Berrios, Blake Bone, Derek Kief, and many more. The Wildcats are targeting, recruiting, and receiving commitments from more four-star and highly regarded three star players than at any time in the programs history. These are exciting times to be a Kentucky football can, and there should be much more to come.
Keep your Yahtzee game handy.