The Kentucky Wildcats dream 2014 football recruiting class under first-year head coach Mark Stoops continues, as Kentucky landed a big commitment yesterday in Stanley “Boom” Williams of Monroe, Georgia. Williams is one of the top five all-purpose backs in the country, and he committed to Kentucky yesterday on an unofficial visit. The Wildcats total of commits in the 2014 class is now up to 16, and Williams joins Mikel Horton as the two running backs in what is now one of the top five recruiting classes in the country.
Kentucky was expected to land a commitment from the four-star running back, because he seemed to be a Wildcats lean for quite some time. Williams is one of the top 25 recruits out of the state of Georgia, and the 247Composite ranks the four-star RB as the 278th-best recruit in the nation overall.
Williams chose Kentucky over offers from the Florida State Seminoles, Arizona Wildcats, Auburn Tigers, Clemson Tigers, LSU Tigers, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Georgia Bulldogs, West Virginia Mountaineers, Oregon Ducks, North Carolina Tar Heels, Missouri Tigers, South Carolina Gamecocks, and Wisconsin Badgers.
That’s quite the list of offers, and it is telling that Williams’s decision to commit to Kentucky comes as no surprise; Stoops, Derrick Ansley, and Bradley Dale Peveto had the Wildcats right on top of everyone for some time.
One of the fastest running backs in the class, Williams is 5’8″, 189 pounds and has excellent vision and explosiveness. He’s a shifty back who is able to weave between tacklers, though he isn’t quite big or strong enough to shake them off. Williams is the ideal all-purpose back to have, and his speed will have Kentucky fans jumping off their seats at some point.