The back-and-forth relationship between Jarren Williams and Kentucky appears to have been ended yesterday after Williams’ official visit to Miami. An on again, off again, on again, off again relationship, theres a chance it isn’t completely over, but Kentucky must use its resources to look forward to a future without Williams.
Mark Stoops, Vince Marrow and the offensive coaches have been here before. Last year they had to change course late in the recruiting season when Mac Jones flipped to Alabama. Faced with a similar situation, here’s what the Cats could do with the 2018 recruiting class.
Kentucky could do nothing and be fine. Obviously, they will not do nothing. Vince Marrow is actively seeing what options they still have, but if Kentucky doesn’t sign a quarterback in this class they will be just fine.
Mark Stoops said today that ideally each class has a quarterback. “You’d like to. Fortunately for us, we took two last year, which is a good thing.”
There will be at least four quarterbacks taking snaps in the spring: Drew Barker, Gunnar Hoak, Luke Wright and Danny Clark. Walker Wood is another option but may not be available after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Between those five players, Kentucky could be set at quarterback for the next four years, allowing enough time to find the perfect fit who does not decommit at the eleventh hour. The Cats have established strong early relationships with a handful of talented underclassmen; Lexington Catholic’s Beau Allen, a sophomore legacy recruit; junior Paul Tyson, Bear Bryant’s great grandson who visited UK for the Florida game; and junior Hayden Wolff, a 6’5″ pocket passer from Florida.
Stephen Johnson Part 2?
When Darin Hinshaw and Eddie Gran last looked for a JUCO quarterback, they found a winner. Why not go back to that well?
Marrow recently began following a few junior college quarterbacks on Twitter, one of which the KSR crew has seen play. Lindsey Scott Jr. is East Mississippi Community College’s dual-threat quarterback. Mr. Football in the state of Louisiana, he transferred to Last Chance U after spending one season at LSU. Scott plans on graduating in December and could enroll in time for spring practice with three years of eligibility.
Scott is only 5’11,” but he’s an extremely impressive athlete. Without much of an offensive line, his legs get him out of trouble and help him make explosive plays. This year he’s accounted for more than 30 touchdowns, 3,000 yards and led EMCC to a 10-1 record.
Marrow is also looking at Garden City Community College and former Oregon quarterback Terry Wilson. Another dual-threat quarterback, Wilson has thrown for more than 1,700 yards and completed 60 percent of his passes. When you watch the 6’3″ stud throw a football, it’s hard not to picture Stephen Johnson.
A Michigan Commit
Prior to zeroing in on Williams, Kentucky spent plenty of resources on Kevin Doyle. A 6’4″ pocket passer from Washington D.C., Doyle camped with the Darin Hinshaw and the Kentucky Wildcats last summer shortly after receiving a scholarship offer.
If Kentucky tries to rekindle the relationship with Doyle, it will not be easy to get him to Lexington. Doyle committed to Michigan in late September. Even though the Wolverines have struggled to meet lofty expectations this season, Doyle appears firm in his commitment, visiting Ann Arbor last month.
Back to the Ohio Pipeline
Of course Vince Marrow knows a guy who in Ohio. According to Ben Roberts, yesterday Marrow reached out to former Minnesota commit Brennan Armstrong. The lefty is the top-ranked quarterback in Ohio and the No. 15 dual-threat quarterback in the nation.
Virginia is currently the favorite to land the flip from Minnesota, but there’s a chance Vince could pull the reverse-Regielsperger and get Armstrong to Lexington at the last minute.
Outside of the realm of quarterbacks, there’s a few pieces of good football recruiting news worth sharing.
On the day Williams decommitted for the second time, a former UK commit decommitted for the second time. After Tennessee terminated Butch Jones, Shocky Jacques-Louis announced on Twitter he is no longer committed to the Vols. Even after he parted ways with the Wildcats, Kentucky has actively recruited the Florida wide receiver. Michigan and Michigan State are also in the mix but don’t be surprised to see a second recommitment in the 2018 class.
Kentucky is also in the running for a highly-coveted junior college transfer. As of right now, Kentucky is the only school that has been actively recruiting former Under Armour All-American defensive back Eric Glover-Williams, his father told 247 Sports.
A Canton, Ohio native, Glover-Williams left Ohio State two games into the season and enrolled in Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He’ll be eligible to enroll in January. Between Marrow’s ties to Ohio and Stoops’ success with JUCO defensive backs (A.J. Stamps and now Lonnie Johnson), there’s a lot of things going Kentucky’s way.