In full pads for the first time Saturday, it didn’t take long for Stanley Williams Jr. to show us why they call him “Boom.” With the scrimmage winding down, Williams was lost in a crowd of large bodies before poking his head out for a gain of 30+ yards. The play incited the the crowd to give the first of many, “BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.”
Nothing Stanley does surprises Big Boom, Stanley Williams Sr. “When he runs the ball, he feels his defenders. He doesn’t have to see them, he feels where they are,” the Big Boom told me yesterday during Fan Day.
Boom Sr. is the proudest Dad around. You can spot him from a mile away in his #18 jersey with “Boom Williams” on the back. The Williams’ watch their son every chance they get, making the 6-hour drive from Bethlehem, Georgia almost every weekend.
They’re the type of family that’s “all in,” for their son. After committing to Georgia, the house became a sanctuary for Bulldawg gear with over $2,000 in apparel. But once he de-committed, the Williams’ had a yard sale. It didn’t matter much to Boom Sr., he likes the way he looks in blue.
Kentucky wasn’t always destined to be the homebase for Boom. With 28 offers on the table, the coaching staff pulled out all of the stops to set them apart from the pack, “They picked up all of the pieces and put it all together. They showed something that nobody else showed,” Boom Sr. said.
The man that taught him everything he knows (even though Baby Boom has had his Father’s number since middle school), is excited to watch his son grow at the next level. He expects the BOOM to be brought, and doesn’t plan on a missing a second of it.