ROLL THOSE DICE! Kentucky added its 20th member to the 2014 class tonight when 3-star wide receiver T.V. Williams committed to the Cats over Oregon State, Houston, Nebraska, and Iowa. Let’s get to know our newest Cat:
5’10”, 155 lbs.
McKinney, TX (McKinney)
Scout: #127 WR
24/7: #65 WR
40 speed: 4.4
Why we need him:
Before tonight, UK’s 2014 class only had two wide receivers in Thaddeus Snodgrass and Pitt transfer Demitrius Davis. Williams’s ranking may not raise your eyebrows; because of his slight stature, he’s very underrated. But, what Williams lacks in size, he makes up for with speed. With a 4.4 40, he’s fast enough to play in the slot, and has the skills in the open field to turn a one-yard screen pass into an eighty-yard touchdown. As Nick Roush pointed out last month, Williams excels at getting open in the red zone and has the footwork to shake off defenders. With those playmaking skills, he could see time as a return specialist as well.
The fact that TV is from Texas is also important. Kentucky already has connections in the area because both Neal Brown and Chad Scott coached at Texas Tech, and expanding the BBN’s presence there is a no-brainer. TV’s commitment boosts the Cats back up to third in Rivals’ Team Rankings, behind Tennessee and Texas.
Why he wanted us:
TV’s commitment to UK may have been one of the worst keep secrets since Mike Edwards finally pulled the trigger, and for good reason. He’s got a very good bond with Drew Barker, Thaddeus Snodgrass, and the rest of the current commitments after hanging out together in Lexington for the Saturday Night Primetime Camp back in June. He also played in The Opening with Barker, Snodgrass, and top target Braxton Berrios.
The Air Raid offense should appeal to any top wide receiver coming out of high school, but TV is especially a fan. He’s became familiar with Neal Brown’s system while he was at Texas Tech, and his high school played a similar spread style. Also in UK’s favor? They were the only SEC school to offer him.
“My playing strengths include my speed, hands and route running. Most schools see my speed as my biggest asset. Running a sub-4.4 consistently allows me to be a deep threat anywhere. I have schools that run everything from the ‘Power I’ to the ‘Air Raid’ offering me scholarships. If you watch my highlights or game film, you will see crisp routes, when called for and you’ll see me sitting in open holes, when called for. I pride myself on coverage recognition and adjusting my routes accordingly. On film, you will also see me catching everything! Throughout my high school career, I have only had 4 drops compared with over 100 catches.”
Watch him work:
Welcome aboard. Yahtzee.