As Kentucky has begun to place less emphasis on South Florida in recruiting, the Deep South has become a major recruiting area. The Wildcats have been able to dip into Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi in the last two recruiting classes. Kentucky has landed a signature from a blue-chip recruit in each state.
Now the Wildcats are big game hunting near the Georgia-Alabama border.
Mykel Williams is a top-25 player in the class of 2022 and the defensive line prospect is hearing from every major program in college football. The All-American Bowl selection spoke with Adam Gorney of Rivals this week to announce visit plans. The blue-chipper plans to get up to Kentucky eventually.
Recruits all over the country are currently planning to get back on the road and take official visits in June. It looks like the Wildcats could join Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and USC in getting the blue-chipper on their campus. Williams plans to take as many visits as he can.
“A lot of visits,” Williams told Rivals. “I’m going to see a lot of places, as many as I can. I’ll probably see a new place every few days.”
— Mykel Williams (@MykelW_50) January 1, 2021
The Columbus (Ga.) Hardaway prospect realized a top-10 three months ago and the Wildcats made the cut. Kentucky had the high-profile recruit on campus last March for a visit before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. While in Lexington, the coaching staff issued an offer. Defensive line coach Anwar Stewart is working on building a relationship with Williams.
“Me and coach Stewart and some other coaches, we talk a lot, and I really connect with those guys as well,” Williams told Rivals.
Stewart is beginning to make a name for himself recruiting the Peach State for the Wildcats. The former Kentucky defensive end scored a late commitment from a couple of Atlanta area natives recently. In the class of 2021, Devonte Ross out of Cartersville High joined the party late and top-500 cornerback Andre Stewart out of Brookwood High pledged to the Wildcats for the class of 2022 after previously being committed to Auburn. The second-year defensive line coach is making some waves on the recruiting trail.
Mark Stoops’ program has a recruiting brand that is continuing to grow in the SEC footprint. Now the Wildcats are becoming players for Deep South prospects with some legit intraconference competition. The crystal ball trends heavily for Georgia at the moment, but Kentucky is taking their swings and swimming in the right waters.