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Introducing Walker Wood

Walker Wood (Scout.com)

Walker Wood (Scout.com)

Walker Wood (Scout.com)

Before the madness that was Thursday Night Football, Kentucky received a 2016 commitment from Lafayette Quarterback Walker Wood. Rated as a three-star dual threat across the board, Wood signed as an athlete and could fit into a number of roles at UK. Let’s break down the new recruit. (Click on the blue links to watch highlights of Wood courtesy of Hudl.com)

Name: Walker Wood

2017 Class

Height: 6’0″ 

Weight: 180

24/7 Rating: Three Star QB

Offers From: Kentucky, Louisville, Cincinnati

Wood is extremely versatile. Lafayette uses him on the ground as much as they do in the air. Wood has the footwork and agility to run the read option with ease at the 6A level. I watched him in person for the first time against Scott County. He showed great touch on his passes and threw the deep ball very well. He is protected by two of the top offensive lineman (Landon Young and JeDrick Wills) and has Wofford-commit Mason Alstatt in the backfield. Even with all these studs on his team, Wood still was the player who stood out to me the most. Wood is extremely mobile and can make great plays on the run (once again, watch the Hudl tape).

Impressed in front of Mark Stoops

The day before the Florida game, Coach Stoops stopped by Lafayette to watch Landon Young and JeDrick Wills along with Wood. The QB went 13/24 for 247 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 143 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Three weeks later, Wood picked up an offer from UK.

Where will he fit in?

He is signed on to be an athlete, meaning he could play a variety of positions when he comes on campus. Wood said he would like to compete for the quarterback position. He will battle against Drew Barker, 2016 QB Gunner Hoak, and 2017 QB Mac Jones in the next couple years. He definitely has the intangibles to compete for the spot. His size would point to him moving in at another position on offense; but it appears he wants to fight for a spot at QB. Time will tell.

Updating the 2017 Class

Wood is the second QB commit for UK in the 2017 class (the first being Jones). It is also a big commitment from inside the state. Wood is the first notable in-state commitment for the 2017 class. Let’s hope Wood can do some recruiting on Wills throughout the next year.

You should go watch Lafayette

The Generals play at Tates Creek this Friday in the final game of the regular season. This would be a great opportunity to watch some future Cats before they move on to the postseason.

 

 

 

Article written by Trey Huntsman

The KSR Baseball guy. Follow me on Twitter @TreyHuntsmanSEC.

3 Comments for Introducing Walker Wood



  1. BenHur
    6:10 pm October 17, 2015 Permalink

    Height and weight seems relevant.



  2. Duganboy
    8:10 pm October 17, 2015 Permalink

    I hear he is great friends with Wills, who is at the top of the 17 Cat’s Wish List. Good athlete, but will never play QB in SEC.



  3. Hurricane Ditka
    11:12 am October 19, 2015 Permalink

    #2 – you are so right, the SEC has had such an impressive field of QB’s the past few years..
    Here’s what I’ve gathered from my conversations with Walker and the coaches around him:
    1.) He’s absolutely brilliant, and I’m not only talking about his 4.0 GPA, but his football IQ, maturity, and leadership qualities. You won’t see him getting in any ridiculous fights, because he doesn’t drink and his dedication to the game is intense. 2.) His arm is HUGE, and his throwing mechanics are well beyond that of a high school Junior. 3.) He runs the same 40-time as Randall Cobb did coming into UK, and he’s shown the same kind of elusiveness that Cobb displayed–except, of course, that Walker’s got a rocket launcher attached to his torso.
    Now I’m not saying he’s a lock at QB, because he may decide that WR is a more natural fit–but wherever he decides to play, he’s going to be something special for this university. Go CATS.