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Behind the Scenes: Ryan Timmons’ Announcement


It’s okay. My mom’s a teacher.

It’s an exciting day to be a Wildcat, isn’t it?  The Cats picked up Franklin County standout Ryan Timmons, and I got to be backstage as they continue with the great recruiting momentum that they’ve been on lately.  For perspective, Ryan was also considering Florida, and had an offer from Ohio State, so this was something of a steal for UK, and one we’re sure to enjoy for years to come.  But Timmons is not only a great athlete, but a solid student.  His principal pointed out that he wanted to graduate with a 3.5, and his 4.0 last semester is a great way to start the home stretch.  His coach emphasized that he was proud to know Ryan, and said that he was a good kid.  After listening to him for the afternoon, and taking the above terrible picture, he seems very well-spoken, very polite, and his family even provided cake.

The cake is not a lie.

So what did the senior, who averaged over 22 yards per carry through high school, have to say about his decision?

On committing to UK:

“Every day I would think about each school, so every day went back and forth.  Really stressful.  Feels good right now, I’m excited about it. Excited for my family to come see me play. Excited to play for Coach Stoops.  Honestly, no [UK wasn’t] an option before Stoops.”

When asked about what impact Stoops’ decision to prioritize him, Timmons said, “It just shows how much they care. They could have gone to any player’s house. It showed me how much they want me, and how much they care about me. It did [start moving me in UK’s direction].

When Timmons called Stoops this morning to commit, “He yelled actually. Coach Brown was yelling in the background, I heard him.”  And as far as Stoops being a defensive-minded Coach:  “Offensive guys, I want the ball, so defense has gotta be good for me to get it.

Timmons also has an interesting relationship with Joker Phillips, who was the first coach to offer him when he was still at UK.  Now at Florida, Joker was a big player in the Gators’ recruitment process.  How did that impact his decision?

To tell [Joker] no was tough.  He thought I was gonna come to Florida, so he was a little disappointed.  Some schools use jerseys, facilities… Florida uses weather.

Not only Stoops and Joker, but Coach Brown’s name was mentioned a fair amount.  Timmons seemed to have a solid relationship with the first-year OC, talking about him, and their relationship, more than once.

“We got along well. He’s got that offense we run at Franklin County… so it was a good conversation.  Coach Brown likes to score touchdowns, get points, and I like to score touchdowns.  Me and Brown have a good relationship.  I’ll play a little slot receiver, and then they’ll move me back inside.”

Little like Randall Cobb, anyone?  After picking up over a hundred touchdowns each in receiving and rushing, Ryan’s right on track to fill the hole that Cobb left behind.  Timmons was asked, too, what he thought about Brown’s Come Be a Hero pitch:

I don’t look at it as ‘being a hero.’  I believe him when he said he wants to win.

As for what sold him on UK?

Building something.  I think there is [momentum]. This is the first time they’re talking about football during basketball season.

And just like that, I have a new favorite player.  Can’t wait to see him suited up on campus.

Oh, and he plans on calling other recruits starting tomorrow.  Get it.

Article written by Corey Nichols

32 responses to “Behind the Scenes: Ryan Timmons’ Announcement”

  1. Who knew?

    Not Seth Rogan roaming the halls.

  2. charley steiner

    great article, son.

  3. Evan

    If it was so tough to tell Joker no, why wasn’t UK an option when he was the coach? Thrilled to have the kid, and I am so glad Joker is gone. Hope he continues to strike out on recruits while at UF

  4. Jorts4Life

    Hahahahaha at #2.

  5. Behind Enemy Lines

    Corey Nichols looks exactly the way I pictured him.

  6. Big Mike In The Wood

    Great article. Loved reading Timmons thoughts on his recruitment. Cant wait till he gets his first Big Blue TD. Now could you find a way to teleport cake?

  7. Bloke

    ” Coach Brown likes to score touchdowns, get points, and I like to score touchdowns.” And judging by last season, it’s obvious that Joker does not like any of the above. Easy choice.

  8. Digger

    “Listen to me. Listen to me. Now. Listen to me. This is important. Kentucky is a basketball school. UT is ranked a few spots higher than you right now … Listen to me. Listen to me. Their fans feel like they are a top teir football program. You show respect for UT. I don’t want any nonsense. I don’t want any incidents. Don’t ruin this for National Signing Day for them or any other football school.”

  9. New Reality Stuff

    Wake Up! Wake Up!…. There is a basketball game in a few hours, where’s the pregame? I’m so confused… in a good way!

  10. brad

    loved “The cake is not a lie” bit. well played

  11. SeoulCat

    Great read, Corey.

  12. theWilkman

    Corey doesn’t look like he should be allowed in or around places where children frequent

  13. Zack Morris

    Is that you, Screech?

  14. Go Daddy ad

    where do we send your royalty check?

  15. SexnNursinHomes

    Florida uses weather????

    Global warming bitches. UK will have Florida weather soon.

  16. So this is UK

    Welcome to the SEC. Get the facts straight about Ohio State. Looking forward to seeing Timmons against the UK DBs before I cast my vote on how good this is for UK. Franklin County had a cushy schedule. Quick would have been off the wall at Franklin County. Don’t enjoy Kentucky kids being drama people and dragging out recruiting. If you live in Kentucky and it takes you 1 year to commit, what is up with that? Welcome to Timmons, I hope I am totally wrong.

  17. bil

    If defense comes on UK will be able to compete with the top five teams in the SEC for a BIG CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!

  18. tyson

    15. LOL

    Corey, good writeup. Way to go Stoops & Co. Looking forward to the next few years of UK Football.

  19. classof68

    This is a good article and shows how little recruiting Joker really did. Either that or he just didn’t have the expertise, which is another way of saying he really never should have been the head coach. Of course, we after 3 years we now know that. Mitch should thank his lucky stars that Stoops really wanted the UK job.

  20. Bledsoe's Biceps

    I never thought I would live long enough to see the day that UK football recruiting news would trump basketball, on the day of a basketball game. There must be a crack in the space time continuum. Welcome to the twilight zone.

  21. SheThinksShe'sRaylan

    @So This Is UK: Timmons is an outstanding young man in addition to being a great athlete. His family, his coaches, and his school are all very important to him. He did not want to rush into a decision without weighing all the options he had available, and there were many. It was not a case of dragging it out for drama – it was careful consideration of what he and his family felt was best. This is a young man of character and substance, who has the chops in the classroom as well as on the field. UK is VERY lucky to be his choice.

  22. Hoptownsbeast

    Love the pic with “Silent Bob”.

  23. Portal!

    This was a triumph. I’m making a note here: huge success. It’s hard to overstate my satisfaction.

  24. Larry

    Didn’t know Drew was at the announcement?

  25. Charlie Steiner Jr

    Follow me to FREEDOM!!!

  26. Randy Marsh

    This is awesome! Does anyone else feel a bit sorry for Joker?

  27. mudcreekmark

    Rivals has our class at 30 right now with a 3.0 star average. Out of 21 recruits only two are less than three star. I don’t know how that stacks up to years past and I’m too lazy to do the research but I’t guess that it has been a long time, if ever, that we averaged a 3. Most years we would have about 70-30 three stars to two with at the most 1 four star. I can never remember only having 2 players rated less than a three.

  28. classof68

    Hey Randy (26): Why would anyone feel sorry for Joker? He made a LOT of money for very little production. We should be so lucky!

  29. kingrex

    #26 honestly no, I do not feel sorry for Joker. There was a time when I might have, but quite frankly I think he got way too much mileage out of being a “nice guy”. Get this straight, we do not know what kind of person he was. What we do know is he did not win football games. He had been here for years and inherited a program on the rise. Both sides of the ball went down hill and he hired horrible coordinators. On top of all of this, we made him a millionaire. That is not bad for a substitute PE teacher.

  30. Beavis

    # 26,,, NO,,,,,I feel sorry for the Kentucky fans that had to watch while he was coach here.

  31. FC Journalism

    He’s already our favorite player!!

  32. chacoma

    @#16 — So this is UK…my Mom always said if you are cranky you probably need to go poop…sounds to me like you need to “drop the kids off at the pool” and lighten the “load” on your attitude. Go Ryan Timmons!!!!!