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.