When Jarren Williams decommitted last month, the Kentucky football staff had to scramble to pick up another quarterback in the 2018 class. Enter Terry “Touchdown” Wilson. During his Signing Day press conference today, Mark Stoops raved about Wilson, whom he called “a joy to recruit.”Â
“Obviously, you get thrown curve balls throughout this process; we understand that,” Stoops said. “So, it was a credit to our staff to go out and look and see who was available.”
“Fortunately, Terry was there. We’re very blessed to have him in this signing class. I think it was a position that we definitely needed to get somebody in this spot. The nice thing about Terry is, he’s a year older, he’s played a year of college football, he’s already been at a Power 5 school for a year, so he knows what he’s getting into. The beautiful thing about him was, he was a joy to recruit.”
At one point, it looked like the former Oregon Duck and JuCo star might head to Nebraska instead of Kentucky, but a frank conversation with Stoops put the Cats back in the driver’s seat.
“It was very difficult, he was getting pulled a million different directions and there was a time that things started getting very hairy where he was getting pulled from people at his junior college, from everybody. That’s when you saw some reports of when he was coming. He and I sat down and had a very direct conversation. He was unbelievable. You saw the maturity in him. When he talked to me, he said, ‘I never really looked at it that way.’ He said, ‘I hear you, Coach.’ I told him to think about a few things and he called me back 40 minutes later and said, ‘Coach I’m coming in. I’m coming in on this date, I don’t care what anybody else says.’ It’s been a great recruiting process from that point on. He came in and had a good weekend and he’s been a joy to recruit.”
What will Kentucky’s offense look like with Wilson in the fold?
“He fits in very well with what we do,” Stoops said. “We molded the offense to what we had to a year ago. We’ve tried to be more efficient at throwing the ball and at times, we have. And again, that goes for everybody, that goes with protection to receivers and quarterback and so on. We all want to take the passing game up another notch. That’s not throwing shade on Stephen [Johnson], that’s with the whole offense, in particular with getting some playmakers around him. He’s very versatile, but he’s got a very strong arm. He’s very poised in the pocket, but yes, he is athletic as well, so it’s nice to have that.”
Yes, it is. Enjoy Terry’s highlights below, and then feel free to do this dance:
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â€” Terry Wilson (@TerryTouchdown3) December 14, 2017